Srebrenica commander seen as hero for defence of Muslims cleared of war crimes

Srebrenica commander seen as hero for defence of Muslims cleared of war crimes

Bosnia's war crimes court has acquitted the wartime commander of Srebrenica, who was accused of committing atrocities against Serb prisoners during the 1992-95 Balkan conflict.

Naser Oric is seen as a hero by many Muslims in Bosnia for his role in defending Srebrenica where some 8,000 Muslim men and boys were massacred by Serb forces in 1995.

He had been accused of war crimes against three Serb prisoners of war who had been murdered in villages around Srebrenica in the early days of the conflict.

A panel of judges presiding over the trial, which opened in January 2016, ruled on Monday the prosecution did not present evidence proving the case against Mr Oric.

Mr Oric had previously been tried by a UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague where he was also acquitted in 2008.

AP


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