Serb General Convicted of War Crimes

Commander whose troops shelled Sarajevo gets 33 years
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2007 9:41 AM CST
Former Bosnian Serb Gen. Dragomir Milosevic, left, awaits his verdict in the courtroom of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday Dec. 12, 2007. Milosevic was convicted of...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The United Nations tribunal at the Hague has convicted a Bosnian Serb general of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other charges, and sentenced him to 33 years in prison. Dragomir Milosevic commanded his troops to shell Sarajevo and fire at bystanders during the siege of the Bosnian capital, where 12,000 people died, reports AFP.

Milosevic—who is unrelated to the late Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic—commanded a unit of the Bosnian Serb army that "subjected Sarajevo to a prolonged and murderous campaign of terror," said the tribunal's prosecutor. The former general had argued that none of the incidents had been proven and that several attacks were staged by the victims to garner sympathy.