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Bosnian Serb military commanders guilty of involvement in Srebrenica genocide

Bosnian war crimes court charged two Bosnian Serb military commanders with involvement in the Srebrenica genocide on Monday.

Judge Ljubomir Kitic, found the two commanders from the first battalion of the Zvornik brigade, Slavko Peric and Momir Pelemis, guilty of involvement in the detention and the systematic killing of at least 1000 Bosnian Muslim men in the region of Srebrenica.

Kitic remarked,

"Peric and Pelemis took part in a joint criminal enterprise with other members of the Bosnian Serb army and police, having a common plan and purpose to permanently and forcibly transfer the entire Muslim population from Srebrenica,"

Listing the crimes of the duo, Kitic described the abetting of summary executions, the ordering of soldiers under their command to guard detainees prior to executions and the mass disposal of bodies in order to hide their crimes.

The Zvornik brigade of the Bosnian Serb army was commanded by General Radislav Krstic, who was sentenced for 35 years in prison by the UN war crimes tribunal in the Hague.

The Bosnian court, opened in 2005, is used to prosecute low- and mid-ranking war criminal suspects, allowing the Hague to focus on more senior war crime indictees such as General Radovan Karadzic Mladic.

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