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Thursday, 5 July, 2001, 09:17 GMT 10:17 UK
Serb 'Adolf' innocent of genocide
The UN war crimes tribunal has upheld the acquittal of a Bosnian Serb camp commander Goran Jelisic on genocide charges.
Jelisic, 33, who called himself the Serb Adolf, in a reference to Adolf Hitler, was sentenced by the international tribunal in December to 40 years in prison for crimes against humanity and war crimes
The court dismissed the prosecution appeal to reopen the genocide case, and a defence appeal for a reduced sentence.
A BBC correspondent in The Hague, Geraldine Coughlan, said prosecutors had hoped to reveal a trail of evidence linking Jelisic to a campaign by senior Serb officials aimed at wiping out the entire Muslim population.
The court said he had committed arbitrary killings as a result of a disturbed personality.
At his trial, witnesses said Jelisic had boasted to them that he generally killed 20 to 30 people "before morning coffee".
According to the new indictment, Jelisic said "he had come to Brcko to kill Muslims and often informed the Muslim detainees and others of the number of Muslims he had killed".
Non-Serb prisoners in the camp were "systematically killed" and detainees were held in inhumane conditions, the indictment said.
Jelisic confessed to killing 12 people in May 1992, but denies the prosecution's claim that he slaughtered more than 100.
The bodies of Jelisic's victims were thrown into the nearby Sava river.
He was declared fit to stand trial, after psychiatric reports showed only that he had "personality problems".
Jelisic was arrested in January 1998 by members of the Nato-led S-For peacekeeping force in the town of Bijeljina, part of Bosnian Serb territory in northeast Bosnia.
He was the second Bosnian Serb to stand trial for genocide before the Hague tribunal.