Four Bosnian Serbs indicted for atrocities against Croats and Bosniaks

The Bosnia and Herzegovina prosecution on Thursday raised an indictment against four former Bosnian Serb policemen charged with the murder and the expulsion of Croatian and Bosniak residents from the Prijedor area in northwestern Bosnia during the 1992-95 war.

The accused are charged with the murder of at least nine people and participating in the expulsion of Croats and Bosniaks and the looting and destroying of their property from April to the end of September 1992.

The four are accused of brutally abusing civilians as they were expelled as well as murdering detainees in the Manjaca war-time prison camp.

According to data, the most massive atrocities committed against non-Serbs, apart from Srebrenica, occurred in and around Prijedor.

It is estimated that, with the support of the Yugoslav Peoples' Army, Serb paramilitary forces had expelled more than 50,000 Croats and Bosniaks in 1992. Around 3,000 were killed, including several hundred children and more than 280 women.

Catholic churches and all the mosques in the area were razed to the ground.

Previously, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia sentenced the Serb wartime commander in that municipality, Milomir Stakic, to 40 years' imprisonment. The atrocities in Prijedor are a constituent part of the indictment and the 40-year trial verdict against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.

Last update: Thu, 28/04/2016 - 16:04

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