Convicted Bosnian-Serb war criminal Milan Gvero dies at 75

Bosnian-Serb general Milan Gvero, convicted for crimes against humanity during the 1992-95 Bosnian war and the right-hand man of army chief Ratko Mladic, has died in a Belgrade hospital, officials said. He was 75.

"General Gvero died yesterday afternoon after a leg amputation," his lawyer Dragan Krgovic told Serb news agency Tanjug on Monday. A hospital source confirmed the report to AFP.

In 2010, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) sentenced Gvero to five years in prison for war crimes, and in particular for his role in the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica where Serb forces killed almost 8,000 Bosnian Muslims.

Serving as deputy to Mladic, who is currently on trial in the same court for war crimes, Gvero was in charge of "troop morale and legal affairs".

He surrendered voluntarily to the ICTY in 2005, and was released only a few weeks after his conviction after having served two-thirds of his sentence while in detention.

The July 1995 killings in Srebrenica, in the final phase of the war, are considered Europe's worst atrocity since World War II and have been branded as genocide by the international court.