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Serbian Appeal Court Halts Srebrenica War Crimes Trial

Many are still uneducated and unaware of the fact that 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were systematically massacred by the Serb national army, and thousands of women and girls raped.

Thousands gathered across the world to remember the worst massacre in Europe since the end of World War II, letting the world know that this will never be forgotten or swept under the rug. In Srebrenica, over 20,000 gathered, while Serbian officials chose to miss the commemoration.

On the heels of the commemoration of the genocide at Srebrenica, an appeals court in Serbia halted the first ever war crimes trial.

via. Daily Sabah

Serbian appeals court has stopped a landmark trial of eight former Bosnian Serb police officers charged with taking part in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre Thursday.

The court in Belgrade said it has accepted defense complains that the indictment against the eight is invalid because it was filed when Serbia did not appoint the chief war crimes prosecutor.

The ruling meant that the whole proceeding will have to start over from scratch.

The eight former members of a Bosnian Serb special police unit went on trial in February this year, accused of organising and participating in the shooting of more than 1,300 Bosniak civilians in an agricultural warehouse in the village of Kravica near Srebrenica in July 1995.

It appears to have been halted over a technicality. Hopefully, the trial proceeds sincerely and factually, so that Serbia can live up to the genocidal crimes committed in the name of Serbian nationalism and Orthodox religion.

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  • Friend of Bosnia

    Me too. I think I see what you meannow. It’s not so that Serbia is just Russia’s lap-dog however. Like in 1914 it’s more a liability.
    It only saddens me to no end. There are two peoples who are actually quite nice and kind folks, and see how they go on. It’s like with the Japanese. The Japanese too are a cultured people and actually very kind and nice. But you see what they did in WWII. Because they too were infected by fascism, chauvinism and delusions of grandeur. The Japanese had learned to be aggressive from the British. Many Japanese even today are ultranationalists. But they had to remove expansion and hegemony from their political agenda. We all know how this came about.
    Should the Serbs resume their aggression against the Bosniaks – say, by also de jure splitting BiH apart – they need the same bitter medicine the Japanese got in 1945.
    I don’t want this to happen, because as in Japan in 1945 mostly the humble folks will suffer, and not those who started it all.
    But then one can’t just stand aside.

    So I pray for some sort of understanding. While at the same time I want to alert the Bosniaks that they must be ready to defend themselves against aggression, all the time.
    And I do this because from what I read, I think most of them seem not to notice, or pretend not to see.

  • Floki

    No need for apologies from you to me. I got your point, but was unclear with my own point. I’m happy to have come to an understanding here.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Ah, I see. Thanks and my apologies. I know there are Serbs who are all right. But as I have explained above, I read mostly messages from enemies of the Bosniak people.

  • Floki

    In my short post, I did mean to empathize with the Bosniaks more than anything. “I do, alone perhaps”, though not true – many do care a great deal – was meant to display my thought. Pardon my quick reply and any misunderstanding between us.

  • cmyfe .

    All these delaying tactics because there is no desire to punish em.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    What the #u§k do you mean by that ?!?!? I hope not that the Serbs have a “right” to waste the Bosniaks! Or else (see above)

  • Friend of Bosnia

    These are the very worst people around.
    And they deserve the very worst things to be done to them.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    That would be the first time indeed.
    If justice is not forthcoming, future generations will exact retribution because they will feel that their people was not only victim of aggression but was on top of that cheated of justice. And so the vicious circle of violence will continue.
    I say this not because I hate the Serbs – not all of them, but there are lots and lots of Serbs who deserve hate and contempt – but because such is human nature. If justice is denied, some time revenge will be exacted.
    That’s not exclusively of Muslims.
    As for myself I will not grieve for any Serb who will be killed then, if he shares the views of those who actually committed genocide.
    If any Serb, or supporter of Serbs, today or 500 years hence, approves in any which ever way, of what Serbs did to Bosniaks in 1992-95, not just in Srebrenica but all over BiH, in my eyes he will be as guilty as if he himself had been there and got Bosniak blood on his hands. Because by approving of the anti-Bosniak genocide he shows that he is willing to do the same. Then, may the evil he wants to do to innocent people just because of their forenames, fall on his own head. And destroy him.
    Unfortunately I see the world is full of genocidal serbofascist anti-Bosniak crusaders. They crawl out of the woodwork every single time I put my fingers to the keyboard, to insult and slander me and peddle their mendacious justifications on me and on everybody else, insult my intelligence.
    One of those evil idiots wrote about an article on Srebrenica “Good that Holy Mother Russia was there to save Europe!” So it took the Serb anti-Bosniak genocide to “Save” Europe, and that Russia aids and abets the criminals (e.g. through Russia’s veto to a UN resolution on Srebrenica which they see as “anti-Serb”!) Save Europe from what? The “Muslim invasion”???
    Whenever such a thing happens, I get the strongest notion to hit them over their evil heads, every single one of them, and that if ever there was war in BiH again, I want to be in it,
    just for the chance of taking such a person prisoner and ask him what he thinks of the Greater Serbo-fascist Genocidal anti-Bosniak crusade. If he expresses regret, I might let him live. For all the others I’d have a short samurai sword at hand. And I wouldn’t care about being wounded or killed myself as long as I can send at least one such evil individual to Hell where he belongs.

  • Khizer

    “NOT ON MY WATCH!!!!!”

    – Serbian ethno-nationalist.

  • mindy1

    Hopefully there will be justice soon 🙁

  • Floki

    Serbia unto itself, and Serbians unto themselves – great. Serbia as infected by foreign powers – weak, pitiful, overridden. Who cares? I do, alone perhaps.

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