Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

War Crimes Tribunal Indicts 21 Serbs for Actions in Bosnia

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

War Crimes Tribunal Indicts 21 Serbs for Actions in Bosnia

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In an attempt to get the first war-crimes trial going since World War II, 21 Serbs were indicted Monday for atrocities against Croats and Muslims interned in a prison camp in northwestern Bosnia.

Only one suspect is in custody, a karate expert named Dusan Tadic. So Tadic, a former Kozarac police officer, may be the lone person to come to trial for crimes that include killings, torture, rape and beatings at the Omarska camp.

Set up by the U.N. Security Council in 1993, the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal that announced the indictments is hoping to focus world opinion on the only instance of alleged genocide in Europe since the Nazi exterminations of Jews and Gypsies during World War II.

The indictments cap a five-month inquiry involving 20 investigators, lawyers and analysts who traveled to 12 countries to examine evidence and interview victims.

Unlike the post-World War II tribunals at Nuremberg and Tokyo, which were organized by the victors with major suspects in custody, the Yugoslav tribunal is attempting to try suspects from a conflict still raging. …

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