DID YOU KNOW?  -- Three years before the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide, Serbs torched Bosniak villages and killed at least 3,166 Bosniaks around Srebrenica. In 1993, the UN described the besieged situation in Srebrenica as a "slow-motion process of genocide." In July 1995, Serbs forcibly expelled 25,000 Bosniaks, brutally raped many women and girls, and systematically killed 8,000+ men and boys (DNA confirmed).

31 March, 2006


Croat gunman won't face torture charges

BOSTON -- Marko Boskic, accused of being one of eight gunmen who massacred 1,200 Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995, will not be charged under a special U.S. torture law.

The alleged Bosnian Serb Army war criminal -- who was found living in Peabody, Mass. -- will instead face charges that he lied on his immigration forms when he came to the United States as a refugee. If convicted, he would probably face a short sentence, followed by deportation, the Boston Globe reported.

Federal prosecutors and FBI agents had hoped to bring more serious charges against Boskic, which could have resulted in a life prison term or even a death sentence.

Some rights activists accused the Bush administration of not bringing charges against Boskic out of fear of setting a precedent that could hinder U.S. interrogators in the war on terrorism.

To win a conviction in a case such as Boskic's, however, prosecutors would have to prove the defendant intentionally set out to make his victims suffer while executing them.

"Whatever he did, he was coerced into doing it," said Max Stern, Boskic's attorney. "They would have an impossible burden to prove the case."