AP Two Bosnian Serbs found guilty of war crimes given long sentences
Two Bosnian Serbs found guilty of war crimes given long sentences
Released : Friday, November 03, 2006 8:48 AM
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina-Bosnia's State Court on Friday sentenced a
former Bosnian Serb army commander to 26 years in prison and a former
Bosnian Serb policeman to 12 years for war crimes committed against Muslim
Bosniak civilians in western Bosnia.
Marko Samardzija, the 73 year-old former commander, was found guilty of
taking part in the execution of Muslim residents of the village of Biljani
in western Bosnia at the beginning of the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
The execution of more than 100 men was part of the Bosnian Serb ethnic
expulsion campaign. Many of the men were severely beaten before being
killed. Their bodies were later found in mass graves in the area, the court
In a separate procedure, the court jailed Nikola Kovacevic, 42, for for
crimes against humanity committed on Muslim Bosniaks in the northwestern
town of Sanski Most. His victims were taken to a notorious camp called
Manjaca, where they were exposed to torture and killed.