Serbia’s first ever case directly linked to the 1995 Srebrenica massacre has begun in Belgrade. Five former members of Serbia’s paramilitary police are facing trial on charges of killing six Bosnian Muslims. The accused belonged to a force known as the “Scorpions” and are said to have filmed the killing themselves.
It is estimated that 8,000 Muslim men and boys died in the Srebrenica massacre, an atrocity described as Europe’s worst since World War Two. Prosecutors in the case say the footage was the first graphic evidence of what took place.
The film was uncovered 10 years after the conflict when a former member of the Scorpions contacted a human rights group. It was then passed on to prosecutors in Serbia and at the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague.