UN court jails Bosnian Muslim general
The UN-backed Yugoslav war crimes court Monday sentenced an ex-Bosnian army commander to three years in prison for his troops’ cruel wartime treatment of Serb detainees, but acquitted him of murder.
“The trial chamber by a majority finds you, Rasim Delic, guilty ... of cruel treatment” of 12 Serb soldiers, judge Bakone Moloto told the accused in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.
The verdict was denounced by Bosnian Croat and Serb politicians in Bosnia Hercegovina as unduly mild.
Delic, as a superior commander, had reason to know of the cruelty meted out by his troops to the 12 detainees between July and August 1995, and had failed to prevent or punish the perpetrators, said the judge.