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'Butcher of Bosnia' Gets 40 Years for Genocide

Radovan Karadzic also guilty of war crimes

(Newser) - A UN tribunal has found Radovan Karadzic, aka the "Butcher of Bosnia," guilty of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity and sentenced the 70-year-old to 40 years in prison. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia found the former Bosnian Serb leader "criminally responsible" for... More »

Serbia PM Roughed Up at Srebrenica Memorial

Protesters commemorating victims of slaughter hurl objects

(Newser) - Anger boiled over today at a massive commemoration of the Srebrenica slaughter 20 years ago as people pelted Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic with water bottles and other objects. Vucic was hit in the face with a stone and his glasses were broken, an associate who was with him tells... More »

Russia: Sorry, Srebrenica Was Not a Genocide

UN resolution fails in 10-1 vote with Russian veto

(Newser) - Russia has vetoed a UN resolution that would have condemned the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war as a "crime of genocide." The Security Council put the resolution to a vote today despite appeals from Russia and China not to vote because of divisions in the... More »

First Arrests Made in 1995 Srebrenica Massacre

One suspect on the run after pre-dawn raids

(Newser) - The first steps to justice have taken a glacial 20 years, but Serbia has made its first arrests in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 1,000 Muslim boys and men. Police arrested seven men in early morning raids across Serbia and one suspect is on the run, the chief Serbian... More »

Court: Dutch Partly to Blame in Srebrenica Massacre

Netherlands accountable for 300 deaths in Bosnia slaughter

(Newser) - The Netherlands is partially responsible for Europe's worst massacre since World War II, according to a Dutch court. Amid ethnic cleansing in 1995, thousands of Bosnian Muslims sought refuge at a UN base under Dutch guard near Srebrenica in Bosnia-Herzegovina. But the Dutch passed men and boys from the... More »

UN Accidentally Applauds Genocidal Serbian Song

...then swiftly apologizes

(Newser) - The UN issued an apology yesterday, after Ban Ki-moon and other senior officials gave a standing ovation to the Serbian song "March on the Drina" at a concert this week—apparently unaware that it was the unofficial anthem of the Serbian troops who massacred Bosnian civilians in the 1990s.... More »

Karadzic: I Should Be Rewarded

Trial begins for alleged mastermind of Srebrenica massacre

(Newser) - Radovan Karadzic's trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity began today in the Hague, but the former Bosnian Serb leader insisted in his 90-minute opening statement that rather than being punished for what happened during the war, "I should be rewarded for all the good things... More »

520 Newly IDed Srebrenica Victims to Be Buried

Victims will be memorialized in funeral at genocide site

(Newser) - Seventeen years after the massacre at Srebrenica, 520 newly identified victims will be buried there, the AP reports. Serb forces killed 8,000 men and boys during the 1995 genocide, and new victims are still being found in mass graves throughout Bosnia. More than 5,000 victims of the massacre... More »

Hague Acquits Karadzic of 1 Genocide Count

But refuses to drop 10 more charges as war crimes trial goes on

(Newser) - The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has acquitted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of one of the two genocide charges he faces at the halfway stage of his long-running trial. Judges say prosecutors did not present enough evidence to support the genocide count covering mass killings, expulsions, and persecution by... More »

4 Bosnian Serbs Sentenced in 1995 Massacre

Get combined 142 years for slaughter of Muslim Bosnians

(Newser) - Bosnia's war crimes court has jailed four former Bosnian Serb soldiers for a total of 142 years for participating in the execution of Srebrenica Muslims during the country's 1992-95 war. The court sentenced Franc Kos and Zoran Goronja to 40 years in jail, Stanko Kojic to 43 years,... More »

Mladic's War Crimes Trial Halted

Prosecution failed to disclose evidence to defense

(Newser) - Justice for the accused Butcher of Bosnia is once again on hold: Ratko Mladic's war crimes trial was suspended today in only its second day, after it came to light that the prosecution had failed to disclose some evidence against Mladic to the defense as required. It's not... More »

UN Court Convicts Serb General for Balkan Atrocities

Momcilo Perisic gave military aid to Bosnian Serbs behind massacre: court

(Newser) - The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal sentenced the former chief of the Yugoslav army to 27 years in prison today for providing crucial military aid to Bosnian Serb forces responsible for the Srebrenica massacre, as well as a deadly four-year campaign of shelling and sniping in Sarajevo. The case against Gen.... More »

Bosnians March in Memory of '95 Srebrenica Massacre

'Peace March' draws 6K to walk the same path Muslims used to flee Serbs

(Newser) - It's a grim pilgrimage to the heart of Europe's worst massacre since World War II. Today thousands of people set off on foot through rugged mountains that Muslims crossed in fleeing Serb forces at Srebrenica, reviving horrific memories of being stalked by snipers, trapped in ambushes, and surviving... More »

Boy in Chilling Srebrenica Pic 'Glad' Mladic Captured

Izudin Alic just wanted the general's chocolate

(Newser) - It's a chilling image: Ratko Mladic, the accused mastermind of the Srebrenica massacre, pats a tow-headed Muslim boy on the head and assures him all will be safe—a simple gift of chocolate just hours before the spilling of so much blood. The AP went looking for the boy... More »

West's Stalling Made Mladic's Slaughter Worse

US, NATO deserves part of the blame for this monster: Christopher Hitchens

(Newser) - Western nations are to blame for not sooner confronting alleged war criminal Ratko Mladic and Serbian forces in the Balkans, making the violence there much worse and last much longer than it should have, writes Christopher Hitchens in Slate . "The monstrous character of Mladic and his movement needed no... More »

Son: Mladic Had Nothing to Do With Srebrenica

Darko Mladic says dad ordered evacuation, not responsible for whatever went on behind his back

(Newser) - Ratko Mladic claims he had nothing to do with the massacre of 8,000 men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica when it fell during the 1992-1995 war, his son said today. Darko Mladic said his father denies ordering the massacre—the worst atrocity in Europe since the... More »

Serbia: We've Got Ratko Mladic

President confirms arrest of longtime war crimes fugitive

(Newser) - Ratko Mladic, Europe's most notorious war crimes fugitive whose long years on the lam have thwarted Serbia's EU membership, has been arrested, confirms Serbian President Boris Tadic in a rushed news conference this morning. "On behalf of the Republic of Serbia, we announce that Ratko Mladic has... More »

Bosnians Mark 15 Years Since Srebrenica

775 coffins from mass graves will be reburied today

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people are expected in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica to bury hundreds of massacre victims on the 15th anniversary of the worst crime in Europe since the Nazi era. A whole hillside was dug out with graves this morning waiting for the 775 coffins to... More »

Serbia Finally Sorry for Srebrenica

Stops short of calling massacre 'genocide'

(Newser) - Serbia moved closer to getting into the EU yesterday when its parliament condemned the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys. Despite opposition from Serb nationalists, an overwhelming majority voted in favor of the resolution that "strongly condemned" Europe's worst mass killing since World War II... More »

US General Blames 'Gay Dutch' in Bosnia Slaughter

Netherlands minister slams 'utter nonsense'

(Newser) - Creeping gayness among Dutch forces and an increasing interest in peacekeeping rather than fighting was partly responsible for NATO soldiers' failure to stop the Bosnian massacre at Srebrenica, a retired US general has charged. A Dutch government spokesman has dismissed as "complete nonsense" former NATO commander John Sheehan's statement... More »

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