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Srebrenica genocide trial resumes

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Srebrenica genocide trial resumes


The trial of five former Bosnian Serb officers accused of genocide over the Srebrenica massacre has resumed in The Hague, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. This is a joint indictment of seven men. All surrendered to the tribunal. Chief UN prosecutor Carla del Ponte was to outline the prosecution’s case. All the defendants are pleading not guilty. The joint trial, which got under way last month, concerns what is considered Europe’s worst atrocity since World War Two.

Serb forces killed more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, a Bosnian Muslim enclave in eastern Bosnia, 11 years ago. The victims had been fleeing the Serb offensive and had sought refuge in the UN-protected enclave. When the city fell to the Serbs, the women were separated from the men.

The corpses were first buried at some dozen sites, then later moved to others in an attempt to cover up the act. Around 60 mass graves have been discovered, and 6,000 bodies exhumed.

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