Heavy sentences for elite soldiers over Srebrenica killings

AFP , Friday 15 Jun 2012

Thousands gathered in Srebrenica to bury hundreds of massacre victims on the 15th anniversary of the worst atrocity in Europe since the Nazi era. (Photo: AP)

A Bosnian court on Friday convicted four former elite soldiers of crimes against humanity for executing some 800 Bosnian Muslims during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and sentenced them to up to 43 years.

The men, three Bosnian Serbs and a Slovene, were members of an elite Bosnian Serb unit who took part in a notorious six-hour execution at the Branjevo military farm, were acquitted of

genocide charges as the court ruled it was not proven they had the "genocidal intent" needed for such a conviction.

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