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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Germany Charges Serb Fighter With Genocide in Bosnia War

BONN -- The German Federal Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday it had charged a 49-year-old Serbian with genocide and murder for his role in the violent expulsion of Moslems from their homes during the Bosnian war.


The office said the man, identified only as Nikola J., was believed to have led a group of Serb fighters responsible for killing about two dozen Moslems in 1992 in the region around the town of Doboj.


He is believed to have been one of two men who deliberately fired machine guns into a group of Moslems in the town of Grapska on June 14 or 15, 1992, killing 22 people, including three women and a child.


On June 19, the fighters arrested the entire Moslem population of the village of Sevarlije.


Prosecutors say Nikola J. picked out two of the Moslems and ordered one of his fighters to shoot one of them, which he did. The second Moslem was then killed in a flurry of shots fired either by the soldier or Nikola J.


In late September of the same year, he is accused of having placed a metal bucket over the head of a detainee in the central prison in the town of Doboj and then pounding the pail with a 1 meter-long wooden club. The victim died of his injuries.


Nikola J. lived in Germany from 1969 to 1992, and this is considered a sufficient link with the country for him to be tried here.