[QODLink]
Archive
Serbs held over Bosnia executions
The Serbian authorities have arrested eleven members of a special police unit of Belgrade for executing six Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995.
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2005 16:49 GMT
Local TV stations showed footage of the execution of Muslims
The Serbian authorities have arrested eleven members of a special police unit of Belgrade for executing six Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995.

The eleven, all former members of the Skorpioni (Scorpions) special police unit, were detained as part of an investigation launched late on Wednesday, a day after local TV stations showed footage of the brutal execution of the six Muslims by Serbian soldiers in Srebrenica almost ten years ago.

 

The video was used as evidence during the war crimes trials at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.

 

Aljazeera declined to air parts of the video that showed the executions. 

 

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Carla del Ponte, currently visiting Belgrade, has welcomed the arrests of the suspects who appeared in the video.

 

Prosecutor's visit

 

Del Ponte arrived on Friday to Bosnia to meet the country's officials and the top international administrator, British diplomat Paddy Ashdown.

 

Del Ponte's Balkan trip, which also included visits to Croatia's capital, Zagreb, and Serbia-Montenegro's capital, Belgrade, comes just days before she reports to the UN Security Council on the ex-Yugoslav republics' cooperation with the UN war crimes tribunal.

 

In Belgrade, she repeated her demands that two most wanted war crimes fugitives - Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic and his top general, Ratko Mladic - be arrested.

 

Karadzic and Mladic have been on the run since they were indicted by the tribunal in 1995 for genocide and other war crimes allegedly committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, including the 1995 slaughter of as many as 8000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica - the worst carnage in Europe since second world war.

 

Karadzic is believed to be hiding in Bosnia, and Mladic in neighbouring Serbia.

Source:
Aljazeera + Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps will be released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.