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Srebrenica in the Serbian judiciary

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12.07.2018

Women in Black’s performance on 10th July 2018 in Belgrade, photo: Pescanik

Beginning on July 11th, 1995, fleeing massive executions by Ratko Mladic’s army after the fall of the Srebrenica enclave, dozens of Bosnian men fled to Serbia. When they got to the other side of the Drina, the Serbian police arrested them, searched them, locked them up and questioned them for a day or two, and then effectively deported them straight into mass graves. Namely, the Serbian police handed these people over to the police of Republika Srpska, which then immediately handed them to the Republika Srpska Army (VRS), who killed them and threw them in mass graves, along with the other Srebrenica victims. Everyone except for the group of six people which was taken to Batkovic camp. And after the war, Serbia accepted the organizers and perpetrators of the Srebrenica genocide with open arms and gave them shelter for years refusing to ”deport” them to the Hague.

After the fall of Slobodan Milosevic, the wanted defendants were eventually extradited to The Hague or surrendered voluntarily with significant benefits. It had to be done. As for the “unwanted” ones, they remained peacefully in Serbia and were indicted only in rare cases, again only when it had to be done. To this day, five persons were sentenced in two separate cases and eight are still on trial for war crimes against the boys and men of Srebrenica – for crimes, not for genocide, because this is a prohibited word in our judiciary.

After a video of the shooting of six Srebrenica boys in Trnovo near Sarajevo was published, the War crimes prosecutor’s office could not avoid raising an indictment, but then did........

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