Serb court convicts 14 Serbs for Vukovar war crimes

Serb court convicts 14 Serbs for Vukovar war crimes

[JURIST] A special high-security war crimes court sitting in Belgrade Monday convicted 14 former members of Serb militias for killing some 200 Croatian POWs and wounded at a pig farm near Vukovar [BBC backgrounder] in 1991 at the end of a three-month siege there. Sentences ranging from five to 20 years were handed down. Two accused were acquitted. Convictions were expected after one of the defendants confessed to the killings [JURIST report] in court last month. The Vukovar case, which opened in March 2004 [JURIST report] has been widely seen as a test of Serbia's domestic war crimes process. Three leaders of the massacre are currently being tried [JURIST report] in The Hague by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. BBC News has more.