Bosnian Serbs could face new Srebrenica war crimes trial

AMSTERDAM Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:37pm EDT

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Six former Bosnian Serb military leaders convicted of crimes related to the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of thousands of Muslims could face more charges or longer sentences after the prosecution filed an appeal.

All the men were convicted in June at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. On Friday the tribunal said the prosecution was appealing some the findings.

Vinko Pandurevic, a Bosnian Serb army commander, should be retried for crimes against humanity in the killing of as many as 3,000 Bosnian Muslims and have his 13-year imprisonment sentence increased accordingly, the prosecution said.

Vujadin Popovic, Ljubisa Beara and Drago Nicolic, three former Serbian army chiefs of security, should be retried on genocide charges, while Radivoje Miletic, a former deputy chief of staff, should be retried for opportunistic killings, the prosecution added.

Milan Gvero, who was assistant commander for morale, legal and religious affairs, should be retried for crimes against humanity and have his five-year imprisonment sentence increased substantially, the prosecution said.

The Srebrenica massacre is part of indictments against Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, whose trial is still going on, and Bosnian Serb army leader Ratko Mladic, who is still sought for genocide at the enclave.

Bosnian Serb forces commanded by Mladic killed thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys after the U.N.-protected "safe area" zone fell into their hands near the end of Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

(Reporting by Greg Roumeliotis; Editing by Angus MacSwan)