Bosnian Serb handed 13 years for killing civilians during war
Sarajevo, June 24, 2019 (AFP) - A Sarajevo court on Monday sentenced a
former Bosnian Serb soldier to 13 years in jail for killing five civilians
from the same family during the country's 1990s civil war.
Sretko Pavic, 58, was convicted of murdering two women and three men who
were Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks), in the northwest Prijedor region in July 1992.
"Sretko Pavic is guilty of... murdering Bosnian (Muslim) civilians because
of their ethnic and religious affiliation as part of a widespread attack on
the non-Serb population in the Prijedor region," judge Minka Kreh said in the
After detaining the family, Pavic and another member of the Bosnian Serb
army who is no longer alive took their victims "to a pool near a school and
shot them", the judge said.
The bodies were exhumed and identified in 1998, the judge said, adding that
the accused can appeal the verdict.
Pavic's trial opened in February 2018 and he is prohibited from leaving
Bosnia while it is ongoing.
The 1992-1995 war saw Bosnia's three main communities -- Serbs, Muslims and
Croats -- clash in violence that claimed some 100,000 lives. Around 7,000
people are still missing.
The Bosnian War Crimes Prosecutor's Office has charged more than 800
people, around half of whom have been convicted including those who can still
But, a quarter of a century after the war, it is estimated that there are
still about 5,000 suspects who have never been prosecuted.