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Hague Tribunal Drops Several Charges Against Muslim Srebrenica Commander

Naser Oric
The United Nations war crimes tribunal has rejected a defense motion for dismissal of all charges against a Bosnian Muslim commander, but acquitted him on two charges of plundering Serb villages.

The court in The Hague ruled that Naser Oric must still face trial on charges of murder and cruel treatment of civilians.

Mr. Oric commanded Bosnian Muslim forces in the enclave of Srebrenica until his recall two months before Serb troops captured the enclave in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina, then massacred about 8,000 Muslim men and boys.

The court dismissed two charges related to Muslim units raiding Serb villages and taking weapons and food for Srebrenica's starving inhabitants. Judges said the items taken were necessities of war or too insignificant for consideration by the tribunal.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.