September 28, 2009 / 2:27 PM / 10 years ago

Serbia jails Bosnian Croat for 1992 war crimes

BELGRADE, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Serbia’s war crimes court sentenced a Bosnian Croat to 12 years in prison for war crimes against the Yugoslav army in 1992 in northern Bosnia, a spokeswoman said on Monday.

Ilija Jurisic was found guilty of improper battlefield conduct by ordering an attack on a column of the Yugoslav Peoples’ Army (JNA) on May 15, 1992 in the town of Tuzla, Ivana Ramic said.

"At least 50 soldiers were killed and another 44 injured in that attack while a e number of army vehicles were destroyed," she said.

In 2007, Serbia arrested Jurisic while he was on a business trip to Belgrade. The arrest and the trial strained relations between Bosnia’s Croat-Muslim federation and Serbia that were still fragile since the 1992-95 war.

Belgrade backed Bosnian Serbs during 1992-95 war that left Bosnia divided between the Serb Republic and Muslim-Croat federation. Serbia’s former strongman Slobodan Milosevic had been indicted by the United Nations Criminal tribunal in The Hague for war crimes in Bosnia. (Reporting by Ivana Sekularac in Belgrade and Maja Zuvela in Sarajevo. Editing by Adam Tanner)

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