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Serb doctor gets life in prison for war crimes in Bosnia

The UN war crimes tribunal sentenced Serb doctor Milomir Stakic to life in prison, its longest sentence handed down to date, for the extermination and persecution of Muslims and Croats during the Bosnian war. But the international tribunal threw out the charge of genocide, the gravest of war crimes, against Stakic, 41, the ultimate boss of the infamous concentration camps of Prijedor. Pictures of the emaciated victims at one of the camps, resembling the walking skeletons of the Holocaust, alerted the world to the ethnic cleansing going on in the region after Bosnian Serbs overthrew the multi-ethnic authorities in Bosnia-Hercegovina. “The accused Milomir Stakic is guilty of extermination, murder, persecutions, deportation,” Judge Wolfgang Schomburg said, before announcing the sentence of life in prison, the first handed down by the tribunal. Full Story

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