Two Bosnian Serb officials sentenced to life for genocide

Officers have been given life imprisonment for committing genocide in 1995.

Updated: Jun 10, 2010, 16:44 PM IST

The Hague: A UN tribunal has sentenced two Bosnian Serb Army officers to life imprisonment for committing genocide at the UN-declared safe zone of Srebrenica in 1995.

If Thursday`s convictions are upheld, Vujadin Popovic and Ljubia Beara will be the only defendants sentenced for genocide by the UN Yugoslav tribunal.

Another officer has been found guilty of aiding and abetting genocide in the "summary execution" of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslims in the enclave. He was given 35 years in prison.

Four other Bosnian Serb Army and police officers also were convicted of war crimes and given sentences ranging from five to 19 years.

The Srebrenica case is the largest trial ever conducted by the UN Yugoslav court.

Bureau Report