Dutch court rules state liable over 300 Srebrenica victims

AFP , Wednesday 16 Jul 2014

File photo of Adila Suljakovic cries at the grave of her son in the Memorial Center in Potocari, near Srebrenica 3 July 2011. (Photo:Reuters)

A court in the Netherlands ruled Wednesday that the Dutch state was responsible for the deaths of over 300 victims of the Srebrenica massacre, the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II.

"The state is liable for the loss suffered by relatives of the men who were deported by the Bosnian Serbs from the Dutchbat (Dutch battalion) compound in Potocari in the afternoon of 13 July, 1995," the court said.

Relatives had launched a lawsuit accusing Dutch UN peacekeepers of failing to protect the 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed.

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