Tuesday 23 January 2018

Bosnian Serb convicted over Srebrenica massacre dies in prison

Ljubisa Beara entering the courtroom of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2015 (AP)
Ljubisa Beara entering the courtroom of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2015 (AP)

A Bosnian Serb commander convicted of war crimes over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre has died in a German prison aged 77.

Ljubisa Beara died on February 8, a spokeswoman for Berlin state's justice department said.

The spokeswoman, Peggy Fiebig, was unable to say what the cause of death was, but noted that Beara was "not in the best of health".

Beara was one of two senior Bosnian Serbs convicted in 2010 of genocide for the murder of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys, Europe's worst massacre since the Second World War.

Appeals judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague largely upheld the convictions in 2015, after which Beara was sent to Berlin's Tegel prison to serve his sentence.

Press Association

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