UN Tribunal Sentences Bosnian Serb General To Life In Prison


(RFE/RL) — The UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has convicted Bosnian Serb General Zdravko Tolimir and sentenced him to life imprisonment for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

On December 12 UN judges said Tolimir, 64, oversaw the execution of some 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica, considered to be the worst massacre in Europe since World War II.

Tolimir was the head of the secret security service in the Bosnian Serb army and also served as a deputy of Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serbs’ top commander, when the Srebrenica killings occurred.

In his verdict, presiding Judge Christoph Flugge observed that “the crimes were massive in scale, severe in intensity, and devastating in effect.”


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