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Hague Tribunal Expands Charges Against Two Serbian Security Officials


Prosecutors at The Hague war crimes tribunal have expanded the indictment against two close associates of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to include their role in the Srebrenica massacre.

The tribunal had originally indicted former state security head Jovica Stanisic and his deputy Franco Simatovic in 2003 for their roles in ethnic cleansing in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The new indictment expands this to include Srebrenica after a video tape played during the Milosevic trial showed six members of a paramilitary group, the Scorpions executing Muslims captured there.

Prosecutors say the two men, as top state security officials, were in charge of the paramilitary units.

Serb forces killed about 8,000 Muslim men and boys after capturing Srebrenica in 1995.

Meanwhile, an Argentine court has decided to send Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Milan Lukic to The Hague, instead of extraditing him to Serbia.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.