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Bosnian Muslims react to Srebrenica genocide convictions

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Bosnian Muslims react to Srebrenica genocide convictions


They have waited 15 years for this moment.
The women of Srebrenica were watching closely as two Bosnian Serbs are convicted of genocide over the 1995 massacre which claimed the lives of their husbands and sons.

Life sentences have been handed down, the harshest judgements ever delivered by the U.N. war crimes tribunal in the Hague.

Zumra Sehomerovic lost her husband AND son in the massacre. For her, the conviction is more important than the sentence as it sends a clear message to future generations.

These are the only two convictions of genocide to stand over Srebrenica. Ljubja Beara co-ordinated the murder of Muslim prisoners and organised mass burials. Vujadin Popovic organised and watched the execution of prisoners at a school. The court heard how both wanted to eradicate the town’s Muslim community.

They were imder the direct command of General Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb commander.

15 years after his indictment over the massacre, he is still on the run.

The slaughter of an estimated 8,000 Muslim men and boys was the worst massacre on European soil since the Second World War.

They were rounded up in the UN’s supposed safe haven in July 1995.

Five other Bosnian Serb army and police officers have been given sentences ranging from 5 to 35 years for related offences.

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