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Serbian ex-spy chiefs jailed for Balkans war crimes

A former chief of Serbia's state security service and his deputy have been jailed for training Serbian forces that carried out murder and ethnic cleansing in the 1990s Balkans war.

Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic were both given 12 years.

Prosecutors at The Hague argued that the case proved the government of Slobodan Milosevic was directly linked to atrocities in Bosnia and Croatia

The court ruled they had aided and abetted crimes against humanity.

It was convinced that "a joint criminal enterprise" had existed from August 1991 to remove most non-Serbs from many areas and that plan was shared by senior political, military and police leaders in Belgrade.

However, it did not find enough evidence to confirm that the two men on trial were behind atrocities across Bosnia and Croatia.


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