The U.N. war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has unsealed an indictment against a Bosnian-Serb general charged with crimes against humanity for his role in the siege of Sarajevo. Prosecutors hope the move will lead to the suspect's arrest.
Dragomir Milosevic is the second Bosnian-Serb general to be charged for his role in the shelling and sniper fire that terrorized the residents of Sarajevo during the siege of the Bosnian capital from 1992 to 1995. General Stanislav Galic, is in The Hague awaiting trial.
Prosecutors say that General Milosevic served as chief of staff to General Galic, who commanded the Bosnian Serbs' Sarajevo Romanija Corps.
Prosecutors say General Milosevic eventually replaced General Galic as the corps' commander, continuing the military strategy that they say resulted in the killing and wounding of thousands of civilians, including 66 deaths in the 1994 marketplace bombing.
It was meant, say prosecutors, to keep the residents of Sarajevo in a constant state of terror. For 44 months they were subjected to shelling and sniper attacks from the hills above the city. Prosecutors say the attacks were aimed at people as they went about their daily business of working in their gardens, shopping in markets, attending funerals, and riding trams.
Some were even killed inside their own homes by bullets that came in through the windows. Prosecutors say one 19-year-old woman was killed in her apartment while getting a sweater from her bedroom.
More than 10,000 people died during the siege of Sarajevo.
General Galic is to appear in court Thursday for a pre-trial conference. His trial is expected to start in the next couple of months, and prosecutors would like to see General Milosevic in The Hague soon to stand trial with him.
The charges against General Milosevic were made public as part of the prosecutor's new strategy to unseal all the remaining secret indictments, of which there are now five. She says she hopes unsealing the indictments will lead to arrests or transfers of suspects to The Hague.
Dragomir Milosevic is not related to former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, who is in The Hague awaiting trial on charges of crimes against humanity in Croatia and Kosovo.