Bos­nian woman charged with killing boy

New Straits Times - - World -

SARAJEVO: A Bos­nian woman on Fri­day be­came one of just a dozen fe­male former fight­ers to be in­dicted for war crimes dur­ing the 1990s con­flicts in the former Yu­goslavia.

Re­cently ex­tra­dited from Switzer­land, Elfeta Ve­seli, 57, was charged with killing a 12-year-old boy “in a par­tic­u­larly cruel man­ner” in Bos­nia’s east in the sum­mer of 1992.

Ve­seli was at the time a mem­ber of a sab­o­tage unit among the Bos­nian Mus­lim forces.

Her su­pe­rior, 58-year-old Sakib Halilovic, was also in­dicted for let­ting her kill the teenaged Serb.

The Yu­goslav wars left 130,000 peo­ple dead — 100,000 of them in Bos­nia’s 1992-1995 civil con­flict.

Kosovo-born Ve­seli was ar­rested in Switzer­land in Septem­ber last year.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia, she killed Slo­bo­dan Sto­janovic while he was flee­ing with his par­ents as Mus­lim forces ad­vanced.

But when he re­alised he had left his dog at home, he turned back and was killed.

In a sep­a­rate trial on Fri­day, Bos­nia’s war crimes tri­bunal sen­tenced three former mem­bers of the Bos­nian Serb forces for war crimes, in­clud­ing rape and tor­ture, against Mus­lims in the coun­try’s north. AFP

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