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Serbian Security Officials Plead Not Guilty to Srebrenica Charges

Two former close associates of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic have pleaded not guilty at the U.N. war crimes tribunal to charges tied to the Srebrenica massacre.

Prosecutors at The Hague tribunal had expanded the charges against Jovica Stanisic and his deputy Franco Simatovic in January. This followed the discovery of a videotape showing six members of a Serbian paramilitary group (the Scorpions) executing Muslims captured in Srebrenica. Prosecutors say the two men, as top state security officials, were in charge of the paramilitary units.

Meanwhile, in Sarajevo, former Bosnian Serb military police commander Gojko Jankovic pleaded innocent to charges of war crimes relating to the imprisonment of Muslim men and sexual abuse of Muslim women in the town of Foca.

Jankovic is the second war crimes suspect to be transferred from The Hague Tribunal to Bosnia's war crimes court.

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