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Judgement Date Set for Srebrenica Case

Seven Bosnian Serbs alleged to have played role in massacre to learn fate early next month.
By Rachel Irwin

The judgement in the case of seven Bosnian Serb army and police officers charged with involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre will be delivered on June 10, judges at the Hague tribunal announced last week.

Each of the seven co-accused is alleged to have played a role in the July 1995 massacre, in which some 8,000 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and boys were murdered.

The Srebrenica massacre is considered to be the worst single atrocity on European soil since World War Two and has previously been classified as genocide by judges at the tribunal and the International Court of Justice.

Five of the accused - Vujadin Popovic, Ljubisa Beara, Ljubomir Borovcanin, Vinko Pandurevic and Drago Nikolic - face charges of genocide, extermination, murder, persecutions, forcible transfer and deportation.

The other two defendants, Radivoje Miletic and Milan Gvero, are charged with murder, persecutions, forcible transfer and deportation.
All seven pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them.

The trial began on July 14, 2006 and ended on September 15 last year.

Rachel Irwin is an IWPR reporter in The Hague.