May 21, 2021 – 23:51
The Bosnian Supreme Court has indicted eight former Serb soldiers for crimes against humanity. They have also been charged with role in the killing of at least 78 Bosnian Muslim civilians in the early 1990s war.
A quarter of a century after US-sponsored peace deals ended the war between Bosnian Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks in which some 100,000 people were killed, Sarajevo is still searching for suspected war criminals.
The defendants are accused of persecuting the Bosnian civilian population on national, ethnic and religious grounds with discriminatory intent and of killing civilians in violation of international law.
Prosecutors say eight Serbs, former soldiers, drove Bosnian civilians from a school in the western village of Velagici, lined them up and killed at least 78 people in June 1992.
The bodies of the victims were transported by truck and buried in a mass grave from which they were exhumed in 1996. There was no comment from the defendants, some of whom are believed to be in Serbia.
The Bosnian war of 1992-1995 was characterized by the persecution and killing of Croats and Bosniaks in territories that Bosnian Serbs had plotted for their state. The Croatian and Bosniak armies also committed war crimes, in which the three sides fought each other at different times./tvklan