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Bosnian Serb commander handed a 45 year jail term

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Bosnian Serb commander handed a 45 year jail term


The Bosnian War Crimes Court has sentenced a former Serb paramilitary commander to 45 years in prison.

Vesslin Vlahovic was found guilty on more than 60 counts, including the murder, rape and torture of Croat and Bosnian Muslim civilians in Sarajevo in 1992.

The atrocities were committed in the Serb held areas of Grbavica, Kovacici and Vraca in the city.

Bakira Hasecic, is the President of the Association of Women Victims of War:

“This is the maximum sentence, it’s a shame that there is no death penalty here, because he should have been brought out here and hanged, so future generations learn a lesson.”

The man, known as the “Monster of Grbavica,” was arrested in Spain and extradited to Bosnia in 2010.

He killed 31 people, kidnapped 14 others still missing and raped 13 women.

The siege of Sarajevo from 1992 to 1996 left an estimated 11,000 civilians dead.

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