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Bosnia Arrests Suspect in Srebrenica Massacre

Memorial Center in Srebrenica
Memorial Center in Srebrenica

Authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina say they have arrested a former Bosnian Serb police officer for his suspected role in the 1995 massacre of Muslims near the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

The state prosecutor's office says 37-year-old Dragan Neskovic was arrested Wednesday in the northeastern town of  Bijeljina on suspicion of genocide. No further details were released.

More than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Serb forces in July 1995 in what was supposed to have been a United Nations safe haven. The Srebrenica killings are considered the worst European massacre since World War II.

The U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague has already sentenced 14 Serbs for their key roles in the killings. Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is currently on trial there, charged with genocide and crimes against humanity.

The Bosnian war crimes court was established in 2005 to ease the workload of the Hague-based tribunal.

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

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