Concern over imminent release of man convicted of Srebrenica genocide

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Concern has been raised by United Nations human rights experts over the potential imminent release of a man who was convicted of committing genocide in Srebrenica.

Milorad Trbic, was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2009 by the Bosnian State Court after being found guilty of taking part in the genocide in the town.

Eight thousand unarmed Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb forces who overran Srebrenica during the Balkan wars in 1995.

It was the worst massacre in Europe since World War II.

The Bosnian Constitutional Court has quashed Mr Trbic's verdict and ordered a retrial.

In many cases retrials lead to much lower sentences.

The independent UN experts said there was a "grave risk" that Mr Trbic who they described as a "convicted criminal" would flee the country.

The experts said this is the first case that concerns someone convicted not for having aided but for having directly committed genocide.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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