Bosnia appeals UN court’s Serbia genocide ruling



Bosnia has formally asked the UN’s top court to review its ruling which cleared Serbia of genocide in the 1990s, Bosnia’s Muslim leader has said, the BBC reports.

Bakir Izetbegovic, a member of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency, said he was seeking “truth and justice”.

Bosnian Serb officials warned the move would trigger a “serious crisis” in the country.

In 2007, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) cleared Serbia of direct responsibility for genocide.

The ICJ found only one act of genocide during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war – the massacre of about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim (Bosniak) men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces in the town of Srebrenica in 1995.

It was Europe’s worst atrocity since World War Two.

The ICJ ruled that Serbia had violated international law by failing to prevent the killings, but absolved it of direct responsibility.

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