UN tribunal indicts former Bosnian Serb commander for war crimes in Srebrenica

UN tribunal indicts former Bosnian Serb commander for war crimes in Srebrenica

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A former Bosnian Serb commander has been charged with multiple counts of war crimes for allegedly killing Muslims after the takeover of the Srebrenica enclave in the mid-1990s, the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said today.

A former Bosnian Serb commander has been charged with multiple counts of war crimes for allegedly killing Muslims after the takeover of the Srebrenica enclave in the mid-1990s, the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said today.

On Friday, the ICTY unsealed its indictment against Ljubomir Borovcanin, charging that he, together with other officers and units, was a member of and knowingly participated in a joint criminal enterprise to forcibly transfer the women and children from the Srebrenica enclave to Kladanj.

The group also allegedly plotted to capture, detain, summarily execute by firing squad, bury, and rebury thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys aged 16 to 60 from the Srebrenica enclave in July 1995.

According to the Tribunal, Mr. Borovcanin was involved in opportunist killings in Potocari, opportunistic killings in Bratunac, wide-scale and organized killings in Potocari and Tisca, killings and mistreatment of prisoners captured along the Bratunac/Milici road and wide-scale and organized killings in the Zvornik area, as well as other opportunistic killings.

Mr. Borovcanin, charged on the basis of his individual criminal responsibility as well as his failure to prevent or punish those who committed the crimes, faces one count of complicity in genocide, four counts of crimes against humanity and one count of violations of the laws or customs of war.