Srebrenica families launch legal action against Dutch soldiers
Tuesday 06 July 2010
Relatives of some of the 8,000 men and boys murdered in the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica in 1995 have started legal proceedings for genocide and war crimes against three Dutch military officials, the NRC reports on Tuesday.
The enclave was under the protection of Dutch soldiers serving with the UN when attacked by Bosnian Serbs.
Now, four relatives have begun proceedings against commander Thom Karremans, his deputy Rob Franken and second in command Berend Oosterveen for failing to protect their loved ones.
'Karremans, Franken and Oosterveen may not have been able to predict the genocide but they did know of the deeply rooted hatred of Muslims and about earlier executions,' the court document said.
And by evicting electrician Rizo Mustafic from the army base, as well as the family of interpreter Hasan Nuhanovic, the military leaders did help the genocide to take place, the documents said.