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Serbia jails culprits for 1999 Kosovo massacre


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Serbia jails culprits for 1999 Kosovo massacre

Serbia’s war crimes court has found four former Serbian policemen guilty of the worst single massacre of civilians to take place during the Kosovo war in the late 1990s. They have been sentenced to jail terms ranging from 13 to 20 years. Three other men also charged were found not guilty.

But relatives of the victims were not satisfied. Dzelal Berisha, who lost 23 members of his family said: “Today the court did not bring the right verdict. The person who killed 50 people was sentenced to only 13 years imprisonment.” Those who died included 14 children and a pregnant woman. The defendants are said to have rounded up members of one Kosovo Albanian family, machine gunning several men before forcing the rest into a pizza restaurant and throwing hand-grenades at them. A memorial to the dead stands in the town of Suva Reka where the killings took place.
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