June 10th, 2010
07:20 AM ET

Seven convicted over 1995 Srebrenica massacre

Seven former high-ranking Bosnian Serb military and police officials were convicted Thursday for their roles in the notorious 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the war crimes tribunal in The Hague said.

The men were found guilty of a range of crimes including genocide, extermination, murder, and persecution, according to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

The trial was the largest one to date held at the tribunal, the ICTY said.

More than 7,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995 when ethnic Serb troops overran a United Nations safe area. The five-day slaughter was the worst European massacre since World War II and was described by the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal as "the triumph of evil."

The Serbian Parliament officially condemned the massacre in March.

The ICTY found Vujadin Popovic, chief of security of the Drina Corps of the Bosnian Serb Army, and Ljublisa Beara, chief of security in the army's main staff, guilty of genocide, extermination, murder, and persecution over the genocide and sentenced both of them to life in prison.

Drago Nikolic, chief of security in the Zvornik Brigade, was found guilty of aiding and abetting genocide, extermination, murder, and persecution and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Ljubomir Borovcanin, deputy commander of the Special Police Brigade of the police forces, was convicted of aiding and abetting extermination, murder, persecution, and forcible transfer. As a superior, he was also convicted of murder as a crime against humanity and as a violation of the laws of customs of war, and sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Radivoje Miletic, the chief of administration for operations and training at the main army staff, was found guilty of murder by majority, persecution, and inhumane acts, specifically forcible transfer. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Milan Gvero, assistant commander for Moral, Legal and Religious Affairs of the main army staff, was found guilty of persecution and inhumane acts and sentenced to five years in prison. He was acquitted of one count of murder and one of deportation.

Vinko Pandurevic, commander of the Zvornik Brigade, was found guilty of aiding and abetting murder, persecution and inhumane acts and sentenced to 13 years in prison. He was acquitted of charges of genocide, extermination and deportation.

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  1. Nazlim Saray

    For killing 7.000 people- 17 years, 13, years or so it is not enough.

    June 10, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • jpbrody

      You're right.

      June 10, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. damiao

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    June 10, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MIRAJ

    HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED IN MURDER AND GENOCIDE AND GET SENTENCES LIKE THIS? TRIUMPH OF EVIL = 10 YEARS OF JAIL TIME +/-? DISGUSTING

    June 11, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anita

    OMG this is ridiculous...being part of a murder spree of 8000 people and just getting 17 years??? It should be the death penalty. This is disgusting.

    July 12, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |