SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina | Bosnian Srebrenica commander acquitted of war crimes
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina— A Bosnian appeals court on Friday acquitted the wartime commander of Srebrenica who was accused of committing atrocities during the 1992-95 Balkan conflict.
Naser Oric was accused of killing three Serb prisoners of war in villages around Srebrenica in the early days of the conflict. His wartime deputy commander, Sabahudin Muhic, was also acquitted on the same charges.
The acquittal triggered angry reactions from Serbian officials.
“The fact that somebody was not sentenced for political reasons does not mean that he did not commit crimes,” Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said, adding that it is “obvious that for us Serbs there will be no justice.”
Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said that the “acquittal of the proven killer” means that all those who murdered Serbs during the Bosnian war are being pardoned.