December 29, 2005

Croatian court jails Srebrenica killer

ZAGREB (Reuters) - A Croatian Serb was jailed for 15 years
on Thursday for killing unarmed Bosnian Muslim prisoners during
the Srebrenica massacre, state news agency Hina reported.

A court in the Croatian capital found Slobodan Davidovic
guilty of killing six prisoners after Bosnian Serb troops
overran the Muslim enclave in eastern Bosnia in July 1995.

Davidovic, 57, was arrested in June after Croatian police
received reports that he had been identified in a home video
shot in 1995, which captured the prisoners being killed by a
Serb paramilitary unit called the Scorpions.

The Scorpions took part in the capture of Srebrenica and
the killing of up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys in 1995, in
Europe's worst single atrocity since World War Two.

Five of his fellow ex-Scorpions, seen on the same video,
appeared before a Belgrade court on murder charges earlier this
month. They were arrested after the video was broadcast on
Serbian television in June.

Davidovic, a Serb from the eastern Croatian city of
Vukovar, was also found guilty for torturing Croatian soldiers
in 1991 at the start of Croatia's independence war against
rebel Serbs backed by the Yugoslav army.

Davidovic had denied the charges.