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Wednesday, 24 October, 2001, 14:46 GMT 15:46 UK
Bosnia sentences Serb for war crimes
A court in Sarajevo has sentenced an ethnic Serb to 10 years imprisonment for crimes against humanity committed during the Bosnian war.

Dragan Stankovic was found guilty of raping Bosnian Muslim women and taking part in the expulsion of non-Serb civilians.

Because of the nature of the accusations, the trial was closed to the public and no further details were given.

The international war crimes tribunal in The Hague had approved the case being heard locally.

It has allowed courts in Bosnia to hear some war crimes cases, in an effort to take pressure off the tribunal.

Srebrenica bodies found

Meanwhile the Bosnian authorities say the remains of around 200 Bosnian Muslims have been retrieved from a mass grave at Podrinje in the north-east of the country.

The victims are believed to have been killed in the town of Srebrenica when it was overrun by Serb forces in 1995, and their bodies transported to the north-east.

Around 1,000 corpses have been found in mass graves exhumed in the area this year.

More than 7,000 Bosnian Muslims - mostly men and boys - were killed in massacre, which has been described as Europe's worst atrocity since World War II.

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