Bosnian Serbs Sentenced for 'Ethnic Cleansing'
The Hague war crimes tribunal on Friday sentenced three former Bosnian Serb regional officials to up to 17 years’ imprisonment for the “ethnic cleansing” of Muslims and Croats during the 1992-5 Bosnia war. Blagoje Simic, Miroslav Tadic and Simo Zaric, who had all surrendered to the tribunal, were convicted of planning and waging a campaign of killing, detention, torture and deportation against non-Serbs in the Bosanski Samac area of northern Bosnia. The men listened to the sentences impassively, standing while three judges took turns to read out the long list of charges and decisions. The men had pleaded not guilty to two counts of crimes against humanity and one of breaching the Geneva conventions. Prosecutors said they had been among senior regional officials involved in the Serb takeover of Bosanski Samac in spring 1992. Full Story