2 Bosnian Serbs Get Life for Genocide

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A U.N. tribunal has sentenced two Bosnian Serb army officers to life imprisonment for committing genocide at the U.N.-declared safe zone of Srebrenica in 1995.

If Thursday’s convictions are upheld, Vujadin Popovic and Ljubia Beara will be the only defendants sentenced for genocide by the U.N. Yugoslav tribunal.

Another officer has been found guilty of aiding and abetting genocide in the ”summary execution” of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslims in the enclave. He was given 35 years in prison.

Four other Bosnian Serb army and police officers also were convicted of war crimes and given sentences ranging from five to 19 years.

The Srebrenica case is the largest trial ever conducted by the U.N. Yugoslav court.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — U.N. judges are delivering their verdict against seven Bosnian Serb military and police officers for genocide and other war crimes in the U.N.-declared safe zone of Srebrenica in 1995.

It is the largest trial the Yugoslav war crimes trial has ever conducted and involved nearly 450 witnesses and three years of hearings that ended last year.

Five of the defendants are accused of genocide related to what the indictment calls the ”summary execution of more than 7,000 Bosnian men and boys,” the worst massacre in Europe since World War II. Two face lesser charges.

The seven defendants subject to Thursday’s verdict are linked to Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, whose own trial is in its early stages.

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