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Trial Opens in 1991 Massacre of Croats

A landmark war crimes trial opened Tuesday in Belgrade for six Serbs accused in the massacre of 192 Croat prisoners in the Croatian city of Vukovar during the Balkan wars. The case is a crucial test of Serbia’s ability to find justice for atrocities committed during the breakup of Yugoslavia under the rule of former Serb strongman Slobodan Milosevic — himself on trial for war crimes at the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. “This is a historic moment for our judiciary,” said Bruno Vekaric, a spokesman for the prosecution at the Special Court in Belgrade, recently established in conjunction with the U.N. tribunal. The proceedings “will show the ability of our courts to handle war crimes cases, which is important for further transfers of cases from The Hague,” Vekaric added. Full Story

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