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- Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - From Print Edition


SARAJEVO: Bosnian prosecutors on Monday charged eight former members of Muslim armed and police forces with committing war crimes against ethnic Serb civilians during the country’s 1990s conflict.


The eight were charged with “taking part in illegal detention of Serb civilians, their inhuman treatment, beating and inflicting of serious bodily injuries... and other inhuman acts,” a national prosecutor’s office statement said. The crimes were committed in the region of the eastern town of Kladanj between May 1992 and July 1993, it said.


The prosecutors did not elaborate on the number of victims. Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war between its Croats, Muslims and Serbs claimed some 100,000 lives. Top officials accused over atrocities committed during the Bosnian war are tried by a UN tribunal in The Hague, while local courts handle smaller cases.