The International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague has sentenced Naser Oric, the former commander of Muslim forces at Srebrenica in Bosnia-Hercegovina, to two years in prison for war crimes. Oric has already spent more than three years in preventive custody and the court judge said he should be released as soon as possible.
The prosecution had sought an 18-year prison term for Oric. Oric, who defended the UN so-called safe enclave of Srebrenica during the 1992-95 conflict, is regarded by many Bosnians as a war hero. Around 8,000 Muslim men and youths were massacred by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995 after UN peacekeepers were withdrawn from the enclave.