Court convicts Serb of Srebrenica genocide

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17 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — Former Bosnian Serb officer Vidoje Blagojevic was convicted on Monday by the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague of genocide at the Srebrenica enclave.

17 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — Former Bosnian Serb officer Vidoje Blagojevic was convicted on Monday by the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague of genocide at the Srebrenica enclave.

The charge related to the massacre of more than 7,000 Muslims in the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica in 1995. Blagojevic was sentenced to 18 years in prison, news agency AFP reported. It was Europe's worst massacre since World War II.

Bosnian Serb general Radislav Krstic was the first man found guilty by the court on genocide charges last year. He was sentenced on appeal to 35 years jail for his role in the Srebrenica massacre.

Dutch UN peacekeeping troops were in charge of protecting the Muslim enclave at Srebrenica when it was overrun by Serb forces in July 1995. The heavily outnumbered Dutchbat troops were denied air cover by the United Nations and surrendered without a shot being fired.

An investigation into the tragedy by the Dutch Institute for War Documentation (NIOD) some seven years later placed sharp criticism on the Dutch government, military commanders and the United Nations.

As a result of the report, the Dutch Cabinet — led by the then Prime Minister Wim Kok — resigned and new elections were held in May 2002. Surviving relatives of the Srebrenica victims are now suing the Dutch State for damages.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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