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Three Bosnian Croats arrested over wartime rape

Three Bosnian Croats, suspected to have raped Serb women at the beginning of the 1992-95 inter-ethnic war in Bosnia, were arrested on Monday, war crime prosecutors said. The suspects, members of the Bosnian Croat armed forces during the war, were arrested in the northeastern region of Odzak, the prosecutor's office said in a statement. "They are suspected to have raped a number of victims, women of Serb nationality, between June and August 1992 in the region of Odzak," the statement said.

Angelina Jolie pays respect to Srebrenica victims

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie on Friday paid respect to victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre after urging the international community to stop the use of sexual violence as a war weapon. Jolie was accompanied to the ill-fated town by British Foreign Minister William Hague, while on a trip to Bosnia. At the Srebrenica memorial centre museum, Jolie and Hague met women who were raped during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war, as well as women whose beloved ones were killed in the massacre.

Anti-aircraft gun seized at Srebrenica ex-convict's home

Police on Wednesday seized an anti-aircraft gun and a large cache of other arms at the home of a Bosnian Serb who served eight years in jail for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, prosecutors said. Milenko Trifunovic, a former Bosnian Serb special police commander, and his aide were arrested during the search in Skelani, in eastern Bosnia, a prosecutor's statement said. The raid uncovered a 20-mm calibre M55 anti-aircraft gun of Yugoslav origin with 50 shells, an M53 machine gun, two automatic rifles, a shotgun and a pistol, a police official told AFP.

UN tribunal cuts Serb sentences for Kosovo crimes

The Yugoslav war crimes court on Thursday reduced on appeal the sentences of three former top Serbian officials, convicted over atrocities committed during the 1998-99 war in Kosovo. The Appeals Court considers "a limited reduction in the sentences imposed by the Trial Chamber is warranted," International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Judge Liu Daqun said. The four men cannot be held responsible for some of the worst horrors committed by Serb troops during the conflict, for which they were convicted almost four years ago, he said.

Human remains found in suspected mass grave in Serbia

Forensic experts have discovered human remains in a suspected mass grave in Serbia, believed to contain the bodies of Kosovo Albanians killed during the 1998-1999 war, officials said Friday. "During the site assessment at the Rudnica quarry in the municipality of Raska, Serbia," Serbian authorities, EU-led justice and police mission in Kosovo (EULEX) and Pristina's forensic experts "discovered human remains," EULEX said in a statement. "The work will continue, in coordination with Serbian authorities, in the upcoming days," the statement said.

Bosnia digging up mass grave hidden for 20 years by Serb silence

By Daria Sito-Sucic TOMASICA, Bosnia (Reuters) - Forensics experts are excavating what may be the largest mass grave of ethnic cleansing victims in Bosnia, a site whose existence was known for years but exact location covered up by a Serb wall of silence, the state's missing persons office said.

Remains of Bosnia's war victims exhumed

The remains of about 100 people, believed to be Bosnian Muslims and Croats who were killed during the 1990s war, have been exhumed from a mass grave in northwestern Bosnia, officials said Saturday. "We have exhumed 47 complete skeletons, as well as the remains of some 50 other victims," Lejla Cengic, spokeswoman of the Bosnian Institute for Missing Persons, told AFP. The mass grave was found in April in a disused mine in the town of Tomasica, in the northwestern Bosnian region of Prijedor.

Israel extradites Israeli-Serb accused of genocide

Israel extradited to Bosnia on Thursday an Israeli-Serb accused of involvement in one of the worst massacres of the ex-Yugoslav republic's 1992-1995 war, the justice ministry said. The case of Aleksandar Cvetkovic, a Bosnian Serb who obtained Israeli citizenship through his Jewish wife, was "the first deportation from Israel for genocide," a ministry statement said. "Aleksandar Cvetkovic was extradited today to Bosnia-Herzegovina where is wanted for the crime of genocide," the statement said, without giving details of his departure.

Bosnian Serb police clash with Srebrenica women

Bosnian Serb police clashed Saturday with relatives of Srebrenica massacre victims, Muslim women who visited a site where their loved ones were executed 18 years ago, national radio reported. The incident occurred when police tried to stop some 150 women, whose husbands and sons were killed in the massacre, from entering by force a farm warehouse in Kravica, near Srebrenica, to lay flowers for the victims, the BHR1 radio reported.

UN court reinstates genocide charge against Karadzic

The UN's Yugoslav war crimes court on Thursday reinstated a genocide charge against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, overturning on appeal an earlier decision by trial judges. Appeal judges said the trial chamber "erred in fact in concluding that there was no evidence" of genocidal intent in relation to the killings allegedly carried out by Bosnian Serbs of Muslims and Croats in Bosnian municipalities from March to December 1992.
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