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Ex-Bosnian Serb Paramilitary Member Sentenced to 45 Years for War Crimes

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The Bosnian war crimes court has sentenced a former member of the Bosnian Serb paramilitary forces to 45 years in prison -- the maximum possible punishment for war crimes committed during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war and the longest jail term ever handed down by the court.

Veselin Vlahovic, a Montenegrin nicknamed "Batko," was found guilty of murdering 31 people, raping at least 13 women and torturing and robbing dozens of people in Grbavica and Vraca, Serb-occupied areas of Sarajevo, in 1992.

He became known as the "Monster of Grbavica."

Vlahovic escaped from pretrial detention in Montenegro in 2001 but was arrested in Spain in 2010 and extradited to Bosnia.

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