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Two Serbs Detained Over Srebrenica Massacre

June 21, 2012

Police in Bosnia-Herzegovina say two Serbian men have been detained over their suspected involvement in the Srebrenica massacre of thousands of Muslim males toward the end of Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

The prosecutor's office said a former Bosnian Serb military commander, Ostoja Stanisic, and his deputy, Marko Milosevic, were detained in the region of Zvornik in eastern Bosnia on June 21.

They are accused of participating in 1,000 of the roughly 8,000 killings of Muslim men and boys executed after Serbian forces overran Srebrenica in July 1995.

Stanisic has testified in trials against former Bosnian Serb officers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

At the time of that testimony, he said he had not participated in the killings.

The Srebrenica massacre was described by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP


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