Dutch prosecutors to probe soldiers' role in Srebrenica massacre

About 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed at Srebrenica after Bosnian Serb forces overran the U.N.-protected enclave where Dutch peacekeeping troops were stationed to protect civilians.

Dutch prosecutors to probe soldiers' role in Srebrenica massacre

The Dutch prosecutor's office said on Friday it considered holding an investigation to determine whether Dutch soldiers should face criminal charges over the 1995 massacre in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

Fifteen years ago, about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed at Srebrenica after Bosnian Serb forces overran the U.N.-protected enclave where Dutch peacekeeping troops were stationed to protect civilians.

The public prosecutor's office said in a statement that victims' relatives requested in July an investigation into the massacre, adding the probe would take several months to complete.

It said it would decide whether to hold a full-fledged criminal investigation after completing initial inquiries.

Lawyers representing 6,000 surviving relatives of the Srebrenica victims have mounted several legal challenges in Dutch courts against the Dutch state and the United Nations for failing to prevent the Srebrenica killings in 1995.

In March, a Dutch civil court rejected a challenge to the immunity of the United Nations, dealing a blow to efforts to hold the world body accountable for the massacre in the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Reuters

Last Mod: 20 Ağustos 2010, 16:48
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