Police in Serbia have arrested seven men suspected of involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the country’s first arrests alleging direct participation in the massacre of Muslims in the town in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
A joint team of Serbian and Bosnian prosecutors told AP news agency that the men who were arrested on March 18 are accused of taking part in the killing of more than 1,000 Muslims at a warehouse on the outskirts of Srebrenica in July 1995.
The men, identified only by initials, were said to be members of a Bosnian Serb wartime special police unit and are “are suspected to have committed war crimes against the civilian population,” prosecutors said in a statement.
More than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were killed in the eastern Bosnian enclave by the Serbs in 1995,the only atrocity in Europe to be labeled genocide by the United Nations since World War II.
The prosecutors said they were searching for more suspects in Serbia and in neighboring countries.
In 2011, Serbia arrested Ratko Mladic, the warlord who masterminded the slaughter, and sent him to an international criminal court in The Hague, Netherlands.
Serbia has also tried men who took a group of prisoners away from Srebrenica to be killed.
But it had not arrested anyone suspected of bloodying their hands in he massacre that defined the 1992-95 Bosnian War.