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Bosnian Court Detains Bosnian Serb Suspected of War Crimes Against Muslim Civilians


A court in Bosnia-Herzegovina has ordered detention for a Bosnian Serb suspected of involvement in the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims.

Bosnia's war crimes court on Tuesday ordered custody for former special police officer Vaso Todorovic.

Prosecutors accuse Todorovic of involvement in the detention and execution of 1,000 Muslim men in a single day on July 13, 1995 in the eastern village of Kravica.

The men were civilians taking refuge in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, which was a United Nations-protected zone during the 1990s conflict.

Prosecutors say Todorovic also took part in the forced resettlement of 2,500 Muslim women, children and elderly who were separated from men and transported to parts of Bosnia controlled by the Bosnian Muslim army.

Bosnian Serb forces overran Srebrenica in July of 1995, separated men from women, and executed about 8,000 men and boys. Their bodies were later found in mass graves.

The Bosnian war crimes court was set up in 2005 to allow the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia to focus on the most serious abuses in the Balkan conflict of the 1990s.

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

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