Two Bosnian Serbs Get 22 Years for War Crimes

Prosecutors had wanted life sentences
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 27, 2013 1:26 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal today convicted two senior Bosnian Serbs of playing key roles in a campaign of murder, torture, and persecution against Muslims and Croats during the 1992-'95 Bosnian war, and sentenced them each to 22 years in prison. Mico Stanisic was the interior minister in the breakaway Bosnian Serb republic, while Stojan Zupljanin was a senior security official in charge of police. Prosecutors at the Hague had sought life sentences for both men.

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Zupljanin stood and crossed himself as the verdict was read, while Stanisic stood stoically. Both were convicted of persecution and murder. Zupljanin was additionaly convicted on a third charge, extermination, in part because he set up a notorious police unit that the court ruled had raped, tortured, and murdered Muslims and Croats—and deliberately shielded police prosecution in at least two massacres of Muslims. (Read more Serbia stories.)

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