ADN KRONOS INTERNATIONAL (ITALY)
BOSNIA: TWO SERBS SENTENCED FOR WAR CRIMES
Sarajevo, 3 Nov. (AKI) - A special war crimes court in Sarajevo on Friday
sentenced two former Bosnian Serb soldiers to a total 38 years in jail on
charges of crimes against humanity against Muslim civilians during 1992-1995
Bosnian civil war, local media reported. Marko Samardzija (70), was
sentenced to 26 years on charges that he ordered the detention and killing
of some 200 Muslims near the town of Kljuc in western Bosnia in July 1992.
Samardzija was at the time the commander of a Bosnian Serb army in the area,
the indictment stated.
Another Bosnian Serb, Nikola Kovacevic, 38, was sentenced for the torture,
killings and deportations of Muslim and Croat civilians in the northwestern
town of Sanski between April and August 1992.
The state prosecutor said he would appeal Kovacevic's sentence because he
considered it too lenient.
Up to 150 individuals, mostly Serbs, have been indicted for war crimes by
the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), but a
number of cases has been turned to local courts because ICTY plans to wind
up its cases by 2008.
The Special Bosnian tribunal was formed in March 2005 to try new cases not
bing taken on by the Hague tribunal.
Muslims make up 40 percent of the population, Orthodox 31 percent, Roman
Catholic 15 percent and other groups, 14 percent.