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Hague Tribunal Transfers Trbic Case to Bosnian Court


The U.N. war crimes tribunal has moved the genocide case of a former Bosnian Serb officer charged in the Srebrenica massacre to a Sarajevo court.

The Hague tribunal transferred Captain Milorad Trbic Monday to stand trial before the war crimes section of Bosnia-Herzegovina's State Court.

Trbic surrendered voluntarily to the tribunal in 2005. Besides genocide, he faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in connection with the massacres and efforts to hide them.

Serb forces killed about 8,000 Muslim men and boys after capturing the enclave of Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1995. International human rights groups call the killings the worst massacre in Europe since World War II.

The tribunal has been turning over lesser cases for trial by courts in Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia as it concentrates on more serious cases in effort to finish its work by 2010.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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