Srebrenica trial enters final stage


The trial of seven former Republic of Srpska Army (VSR) officers, accused of genocide and war crimes, will hear closing arguments at the Hague Tribunal. The prosecutor will start his final argument today, at the end of a process that started in July 2006.

RFE reports that the court will be hearing the closing statements from both the prosecution and defense during the next ten days.

Army officers Vujadin Popović, Ljubiša Beara, Vinko Pandurević, Drago Nikolić and Ljubomir Borovčanin all face genocide charges, related to the deaths of over 7,000 Srebrenica Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) in July 1995.

Generals Radivoj Miletić and Milan Gvero have been charged with crimes against humanity.

Only VSR Gen. Radislav Krtić has received a final verdict at the Hague for complicity in the Srebrenica genocide. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

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