Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Jail for Serb video death squad

From BBC News:

Serbia's war crimes court has jailed four Serb paramilitaries who were filmed as they shot dead six captured young Bosnian Muslims.

Judge Gordana Bozilovic Petrovic said the murder was a war crime against a civilian population.
A fifth man was cleared of the murder which took place during the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia in July 1995.

This was the first trial in Serbia to deal with the massacre of nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys around Srebrenica. It was also the biggest war crimes trial of Serbs by Serbs to date.

Slobodan Medic ordered the three defendants and two others to execute the prisoners, take them away from the site and make it seem as if they had been killed in conflict.

Judge's ruling
Prosecutors said the five suspects were members of a paramilitary unit called the Scorpions.
On the video, paramilitaries are heard taunting the youths about their virginity before shooting them in the back as they lay in a ditch.

The tape was played at the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague (ICTY) in June 2005 at the trial of the late Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic.

SENTENCES
Slobodan Medic, 20 years
Branislav Medic, 20 years
Pera Petrasevic, 13 years
Aleksandar Medic, five years
Aleksandar Vukov, acquitted

Confession
Correspondents say the video shook the popular belief in Serbia that any war crimes their side had committed were done in the heat of battle.

The former commander of the Scorpions unit, Slobodan Medic, and his main accomplice, Branislav Medic, were each given 20 years in jail.
Pera Petrasevic, the only defendant to have confessed to the crime, was given 13 years. The fourth defendant, Aleksandar Medic, was given five years while a fifth man, Aleksandar Vukov, was acquitted
"Slobodan Medic ordered the three defendants and two others to execute the prisoners, take them away from the site and make it seem as if they had been killed in conflict," the judge said.
The case was heard at a special war crimes court in Serbia, which was established in 2003 to deal with lesser crimes referred to Belgrade by the ICTY. Fair use from BBC.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why isnt this site called shiptar update?All it does is demonizes Serbs and promotes albanians,but yet its called Balkan update.The Balkans are made up of a lot of countries,not just a Serbian province of Kosovo you know.

Anonymous said...

Why isnt this site called shiptar update?All it does is demonizes Serbs and promotes albanians,but yet its called Balkan update.The Balkans are made up of a lot of countries,not just a Serbian province of Kosovo you know.