Bosnia court indicts Serb politician for genocide News
Bosnia court indicts Serb politician for genocide

[JURIST] The war crimes division of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Thursday confirmed the indictment [press release] of Dragomir Vasic on charges of genocide. The charges stem from the executions of Srebrenica Muslims during the Bosnian Civil War [JURIST news archive]. Vasic, who is currently a member of parliament in the Republika Srpska [official website], was commander of police during the country’s 1992-95 war and is charged with having aided and abetted in inflicting physical and mental injuries, both alone and in concert with two other co-defendants. Some of his alleged crimes include the forcible transfer of populations by separating men and boys from their families and the capture and execution of men and boys during the Srebrenica massacre [BBC timeline], which resulted in more than 7,000 deaths.

Vasic is only the latest person to be held accountable for their actions in the Srebrenica massacre. In October the Netherlands Ministry of Defense announced [JURIST report] plans to appeal a July ruling finding Netherlands liable for the deaths of 300 of the men and boys killed in the massacre. The Supreme Court of the Netherlands in September ruled [JURIST report] that the state was responsible for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslims who were murdered shortly after being forced to leave a UN designated “safe area” controlled by the Dutch Battalion (Dutchbat) during the massacre. In April French police arrested [JURIST report] Radomir Susnjar for deaths he inflicted during the Bosnian Civil War. Later that month massacre survivors filed a civil suit [JURIST report] against the Dutch government for failing to adequately equip troops in a way that would have allowed them to successfully protect the “safe zone” and prevent death and injury.