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Serbian priests bless '95 executions

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4602949.stm The Serbian prime minister has announced the arrest of several soldiers shown in a video carrying out executions
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      The Serbian prime minister has announced the arrest of several
      soldiers shown in a video carrying out executions - apparently in
      1995.

      The video, screened on TV stations across Serbia and Montenegro,
      allegedly shows six Bosnian Muslim men from Srebrenica being executed.

      The footage is evidence in the trial of ex-Yugoslav leader Slobodan
      Milosevic.

      The arrests came as Serbian officials told UN prosecutor Carla del
      Ponte they would hunt fugitive war crime suspects.

      The President of Serbia and Montenegro Svetozar Marovic told Ms del
      Ponte that former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and wartime
      commander Ratko Mladic would be delivered to the war crimes tribunal
      at The Hague.

      "The Mladic case will be finally successfully concluded within a
      month so that this heavy load is taken off our backs," he said.

      Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica announced the arrest of
      several of the men seen in the execution video after his meeting with
      Ms del Ponte.

      He described the footage as "shocking and terrible" and said the
      perpetrators would be put on trial.

      Graphic images
      About 8,000 Muslim men and boys were rounded up and killed after
      Bosnian Serb forces captured Srebrenica, a UN-protected enclave.
      The BBC's Matt Prodger in Belgrade says it is a truly chilling video
      which begins with a Serbian Orthodox priest blessing paramilitaries
      before they go into battle and ends with what appears to be the same
      paramilitaries shooting badly beaten civilians prisoners in the back
      with machine guns.

      The killers are wearing the uniforms of a unit known as the
      Scorpions, which prosecutors say fell under the command of the
      Serbian interior ministry.

      At one point the man filming the executions complains that the power
      supply for the camera is running down and is told by one of the
      killers to keep filming as long as he can.

      Our correspondent says this is the first time that the Serbian media
      has presented the public with such graphic and direct evidence of the
      Srebrenica massacre.

      In hiding
      But, he says, despite this, only one newspaper carried the story of
      the video on its front page on Thursday.

      The 10th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre falls on 11 July, yet
      last week a survey suggested that only half of the Serbian population
      believe it actually occurred.

      The same survey suggested that two-thirds of the public believed that
      the men most wanted in connection with the crime - Karadzic and
      Mladic - were in fact heroes.

      The two indicted men are believed to be hiding in Serbia and
      Montenegro or the Bosnian Serb republic.
      Story from BBC NEWS:
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/europe/4602949.stm

      Published: 2005/06/02 13:51:55 GMT
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