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11 September 2013

Bosnian Serb Policeman Indicted for Srebrenica Genocide

Denis Dzidic BIRN BiH Sarajevo
The Bosnian state court has confirmed a genocide indictment against former police commander Goran Saric, who has already been convicted of war crimes in Sarajevo.
The court confirmed on Wednesday that it had indicted Saric for knowingly helping members of a joint criminal enterprise in the genocide in Srebrenica, which resulted in the execution of 7,000 Bosniak men and boys in July 1995.

As the commander of the Bosnian Serb interior ministry’s special police brigade who was responsible for police units which were operating around Srebrenica at the time, he is accused of being involved in the capture and murder of Bosniaks from Srebrenica.

The prosecution alleged that Saric issued an order to policemen to watch over the Bratunac-Konjevic Polje road and capture several thousand Bosniaks who tried to escape the UN-protected ‘safe zone’ of Srebrenica by fleeing through the woods. The escapees were shot at when they fled.

“The men were ordered to surrender, but even after they complied, they were not given medical treatment, even though some were seriously wounded. Instead, they were stripped of personal belongings, and members of the special police brigade’s Jahorina squad executed 15 to 20 of them at a house in the village of Sandici,” the Bosnian prosecutor’s office claimed.

After that, the indictment alleges, members of the special police brigade’s Sekovici squad took several hundred prisoners to agricultural warehouses in the village of Kravica, where around 1,000 more of them were executed.

Last month, Saric was also sentenced to 14 years in jail for sending several dozen detained civilians to prison camps and others to their deaths in Sarajevo in 1992.
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