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27 August 2015

Srebrenica Commander Naser Oric Charged With War Crimes

Dzana Brkanic BIRN BiH Sarajevo
The state prosecution in Sarajevo charged former Bosnian Army general Naser Oric with war crimes against Serb prisoners in the Srebrenica region in 1992.
The Bosnian state prosecution on Thursday charged high-profile commander Oric with committing war crimes against prisoners of war in the Srebrenica and Bratunac municipalities in 1992.

The prosecution alleged that Oric and Bosnian Army soldier Sabahudin Muhic killed three Bosnian Serb prisoners of war in the villages of Zalazje, Lolici and Kunjerac.

Oric was arrested on June 10 this year on the French-Swiss border on the request of the Serbian prosecution, which suspects him of involvement in war crimes. But he was ultimately extradited to Bosnia and Herzegovina, not to Serbia.

Oric was acquitted of war crimes against Serbs in the Srebrenica area by the Hague Tribunal in 2008, when the court ruled that he did not have control over the Bosnian Army which committed the crimes.

His alleged crimes took place three years before the 1995 attack on Srebrenica by the Bosnian Serb army, when more than 7,000 Bosniak men and boys were killed in massacres later defined as genocide by international and domestic courts.

The Bosnian prosecution also told BIRN that within the same case they will file a request to the Swiss authorities for the extradition of Elfeta Veseli, who is suspected of killing an Serb civilian boy in 1992 in the same region.

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