January 15, 2000 |
In a benchmark case firmly establishing "ethnic cleansing" as a crime against humanity, a U.N. tribunal convicted five ethnic Croats on Friday in a 1993 rampage of killing and destruction in a Bosnian town that left more than 100 Muslims dead. The verdict by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia set a crucial precedent, court officials said, because the judges for the first time broadened existing international law to include ethnic cleansing.
June 14, 1998 |
The skeleton flops, like a tattered rag doll, as it is placed in a white body bag and taken away by investigators digging through a new find--one of Bosnia's many hidden mass graves. A team of 30 forensic specialists, international detectives and anthropologists chips away at sunbaked dirt to recover victims of what human rights officials have called the bloodiest atrocity in Europe since World War II: the fall of the city of Srebrenica in the summer of 1995.
April 9, 1998 |
The NATO-led peace force Wednesday arrested two Bosnian Serbs suspected of prison camp atrocities and said the men will be sent to the U.N. war crimes tribunal. The two did not resist, and no one was hurt in the military operation in the Serb-held town of Prijedor in northwest Bosnia, NATO spokesman Maj. Louis Garneau said. There were no Serbian demonstrations or other indications of tension in the region after the arrests, Garneau said.
March 10, 1998 |
A Bosnian Serb paramilitary officer pleaded guilty Monday to raping four Muslim women in an eastern Bosnian town in 1992. It marked the first time an international court won a conviction treating rape--in and of itself--as a war crime. Dragoljub Kunarac pleaded guilty to a crime against humanity. He is only the third suspect convicted by the U.N. court prosecuting atrocities in the former Yugoslav federation--and the first convicted of rape.
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October 28, 1997 |
Outgoing Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Mark Kroeker hunkered over his living room coffee table, peering down at a map of Bosnia and speaking energetically about the region's political complexities and challenges when suddenly he stopped in mid-sentence. "It makes me feel like a rookie again," he observed between packing suitcases of spare clothes, classical music recordings and family photographs. "I feel the excitement I did just before I joined the LAPD."
September 18, 1997 |
A United Nations helicopter plowed into a forested mountainside in central Bosnia on Wednesday, killing 12 officials involved in building peace in this country. The dead included one of the top international mediators in the Balkan nation and five Americans, diplomats said. The four-member crew, all Ukrainians, survived the fiery crash in rugged, mountainous terrain about 30 miles northwest of Sarajevo, the capital. An investigation was launched into the cause of the crash.