February 19, 2009 / 3:08 PM / 10 years ago

Bosnian Serb jailed for 8 years for wartime rapes

SARAJEVO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Bosnia’s war crimes court sentenced a Bosnian Serb ex-policeman to eight years in jail on Thursday for the rape and illegal detention of Muslims in the eastern town of Foca early in the country’s 1992-95 war.

"The evidence and testimonies presented during the trial proved that Miodrag Nikacevic is guilty of crimes against humanity," the court said in a statement.

The 45-year-old raped two Bosnian Muslim women in Foca in April and June 1992.

"Nikacevic came to his Muslim neighbour demanding that her daughter come to his apartment to clean it and then raped her," the court’s statement said.

He was also found guilty of helping two other Bosnian Serb officers abduct and unlawfully detain a Muslim civilian in Foca prison. The man was later killed at an unknown location.

The Bosnian war crimes court is currently trying several war crimes suspects from Foca, the scene of some of the worst atrocities in the war between Bosnian Muslims, Croats and Serbs that claimed more than 100,000 lives.

It was set up in 2005 to allow the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague to focus on the most serious abuses of the conflict. (Reporting by Maja Zuvela; Editing by Richard Meares)

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