Land­mark war crimes trial re­sumes in Ser­bia

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - WORLD NEWS -

BEL­GRADE, Ser­bia — The land­mark trial of eight for­mer Bos­nian Serb po­lice of­fi­cers charged with tak­ing part in the 1995 Sre­brenica mas­sacre has re­sumed in Ser­bia fol­low­ing a sus­pen­sion.

The trial was halted in July be­cause charges in the case had been filed when Ser­bia was with­out a chief war crimes pros­e­cu­tor. The new pros­e­cu­tor, Snezana Stano­jkovic, then filed a re­quest to re­sume the pro­ceed­ings. The trial is seen as a test of Ser­bia’s pledge to pun­ish war crim­i­nals as it for­mally seeks Euro­pean Union mem­ber­ship — and an im­por­tant step in Balkan rec­on­cil­i­a­tion more than two decades af­ter the Bos­nian war.

The pro­ceed­ings re­sumed Tues­day with the read­ing of the in­dict­ment. Some 8,000 Mus­lims were killed by Bos­nian Serb troops in Sre­brenica — Europe’s worst atroc­ity since the Sec­ond World War.

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