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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.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

These families are right it was a miserable performance, no matter whether the troop strenght was insufficient.Incompetent officers were the key factors in this shameful affair but above all the judgement of Kok the prime minister.

By Pieter van Schaaij | 6 July 2010 4:42 PM

I think that one of the worst sights I have ever seen was when Karremans saluted Ratko Mladic as Mladic took control of the enclave.

As an experienced military officer he knew that, simply by removing his cap or taking off his tie he would be, in military parlance, "undressed" and would thereby be absolved of the requirement to salute, or return a salute. A salute is a sign of respect from one soldier to another.

Karremans had to, at least, suspect what Mladic's plan was with the Muslim men and had no right to offer obeisance to this piece of murdering scum. It was an insult to all honest serving soldiers on all fronts and for this he should be stripped of all rank and honours...then he should be tried for complicity in a war crime.

By Bill Crompton | 6 July 2010 6:38 PM

As one who served in the armed forces I can tell you 100 riflemen v/s 5000 with tanks is no fair fight. How about going after their government who failed them and those truly responsible and not a "scape goat". Find out who funded the Serbs and go after them, they are the ones who are now profiting over the former Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia... Follow the money and not the peacekeepers who would have surly perished and far more civilians would have been murdered.

By Paul Martin | 6 July 2010 9:42 PM

The Netherlands will play the finals of the world cup on this years anniverasary of the Srebrenica genocide.

By Samuel | 6 July 2010 9:45 PM

I couldn't agree more with Paul Martin...We are all to be blamed for letting human tragedies happen over and over..Holocaust.. Rwanda.. Ghaza...the money hungry warlords are the mind masters of what is happening all around the world..

By T | 7 July 2010 10:14 AM

Total cover-up will most likely be the response.

By tom | 7 July 2010 12:02 PM

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