Bosnian family members seek genocide charges against Dutch soldiers

09:46, July 07, 2010      

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Relatives of the Bosnian Muslim victims of the Srebrenica massacre in 1995 launched legal proceedings of genocide and war crimes against three Dutch military officials on Tuesday, reported the Bosnian news agency Srna.

Relatives of the victims have submitted the charges against Commander Thom Karremans, his deputy Robert Franken and second in command Berend Oosterveen in the Arnhem court in Holland.

Srebrenica was a United Nations designated enclave under the protection of a Dutch battalion when it was overwhelmed by Bosnian Serb forces. In the aftermath of the conflict, an estimated 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men were killed.

"Karremans, Franken and Oosterveen may not have been able to predict the genocide but they did know of the deeply rooted hatred of Muslims and about earlier executions,"the court document stated.

A former translator for the Dutch battalion, Hasan Nuhanovic and family members of Rize Mustafic, who worked as an electrician for the battalion, initiated the proceedings.

Nuhanovic claims that his father and brother were turned away by Dutch soldiers when they sought their protection. Both were killed. The body of Mustafic was never recovered.

Attorney Lizbet Zegfeld said that Dutch prosecution never launched a criminal investigation in connection with the events in Srebrenica in 1995, although it was obliged to do so according to European treaties. This is something the family members are seeking.

Source: Xinhua


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