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Bosnia jails two Muslims for Srebrenica killings

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A court in Sarajevo on Friday jailed two former Bosniak Muslim soldiers for war crimes against Serb civilians in the region of Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.

Izet Arifovic was found guilty of killing three Serb civilians detained by Muslim soldiers at the start of the conflict in 1992, and sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Arifovic, 58, killed two people in front of a Srebrenica police station in July 1992, judge Stanisa Gluhajic said.

The court said the men had been armed civilians who had handed over their weapons and surrendered to Muslim soldiers who had attacked their village, Zalazje.

The victims had been among at least nine detained civilians from the village, all of whom were killed in unclear circumstances.

Their remains, apart from one of them, were found in 2010 in a mass grave in Zalazje.

A month earlier, Arifovic had killed a civilian in the village of Ratkovici, judge Gluhajic said.

Meanwhile, former Bosniak soldier Suad Smajlovic was sentenced to 14 months in prison for firing rounds into the corpses of Serb civilians who had been put on a truck for transport in July 1992.

A third suspect, Amir Salihovic, who faced charges of taking Serb detainees to an unknown location, was acquitted due to lack of evidence.

The 1992-1995 war between Bosnia's Croats, Muslims and Serbs claimed some 100,000 lives.

According to victims' groups, 2,428 Serb civilians and militaries were killed in the Srebrenica region during the conflict.

A war crimes retrial of Srebrenica Muslim wartime commander Naser Oric started earlier this month.

In October 2017, Oric was acquitted by a Sarajevo court of killing three Serb prisoners at the start of the war.

The ruling was overturned in June for procedural reasons.

Serb forces slaughtered some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Srebrenica massacre, the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II.

Some 50 former Serb militaries were sentenced for the massacre, deemed genocide by the international justice. They include Bosnian Serb wartime political and military leaders, Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic.

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