Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Landmark Srebrenica Massacre Trial Starts in Serbia

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Landmark Srebrenica Massacre Trial Starts in Serbia

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BELGRADE, Serbia * The landmark trial of eight former Bosnian Serb police officers charged with taking part in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre started in a Serbian court on Monday with judges rejecting another postponement.

The judges also read out the names of 1,313 people who the suspects are accused of killing.

The long-awaited trial at the War Crimes Court in Belgrade is seen as a test of Serbia's pledge to deal with its wartime past and an important step in Balkan reconciliation efforts more than two decades after the Bosnian war ended.

The proceedings are the first time that a Serbian court has dealt with the killing by Bosnian Serb troops of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, at the time a U.N.-protected enclave. It was Europe's worst single atrocity since World War II. …

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