A former commander in the Bosnian Serb army agreed today to plead guilty to crimes against humanity in the massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica in 1995. The decision by the commander, Momir Nikolic, paves the way for his potentially crucial testimony at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague later this month, when three other commanders of the Bosnian Serb army are due to go on trial for the killings of the Muslim civilians at Srebrenica. Mr. Nikolic is the first former Bosnian Serb officer to agree to provide testimony. As part of the plea agreement, four other charges against Mr. Nikolic, an intelligence officer during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, will be dropped. He also agreed to testify against three other Bosnian Serb commanders, Vidoje Blagojevic, Dragan Obrenovic and Dragan Jokic, who led Serbian forces involved in separating the men and boys of Srebrenica from their families and killing them. Dutch peacekeepers for the United Nations who had been assigned to protect the Muslims failed to intervene. Full Story
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