Bosnia police arrests Srebrenica genocide suspect

SARAJEVO Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:25pm IST

A Muslim woman mourns by the coffin of her relative, one of 775 newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, during a joint burial in Potocari July 11, 2010. REUTERS/Danilo Krstanovic

A Muslim woman mourns by the coffin of her relative, one of 775 newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, during a joint burial in Potocari July 11, 2010.

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SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Bosnian police arrested a Bosnian Serb former police officer suspected of genocide over the 1995 massacre of about 8,000 Muslims in the town of Srebrenica, the state prosecutor's office said.

Dragan Crnogorac, 38, was arrested by the State Protection and Investigation Agency (SIPA) in the northern town of Banja Luka, the office said in a statement.

"It is suspected Crnogorac, as a member of the Jahorina police training centre, which operated within the Bosnian Serb Republic interior ministry, personally took part in the executions of Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and boys who had been detained in Srebrenica," the office said.

In Europe's worst atrocity since World War Two, Bosnian Serb forces killed about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in July 1995 after capturing the eastern town of Srebrenica, which was declared a United Nations-protected zone.

Victims were shot while trying to escape through woods or were seized and taken to places of execution before being buried in mass graves.

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague has sentenced 14 Bosnian Serbs for crimes related to the Srebrenica massacre.

The Bosnian war crimes court, set up in Sarajevo in 2005 to relieve the workload of The Hague-based tribunal, has put dozens of Bosnians, most of them Serbs, on trial for the Srebrenica killings. Twelve have been jailed, seven acquitted and 11 are still being tried.

The Srebrenica massacre is among the indictments against Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, whose trial is in progress in The Hague, and against his fugitive army chief Ratko Mladic, believed by prosecutors to be hiding in Serbia.

(Reporting by Maja Zuvela; Editing by Daria Sito-Sucic and Matthew Jones;)

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