A United Nations court found Zdravko Tolimir, a former Bosnian Serb army general, guilty of genocide and mass killing in 1995 aimed at eliminating Muslims from parts of eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sentenced Tolimir, 64, to life in prison for his part in the attacks and “summary executions” of at least 6,000 “able-bodied Muslim men” in Srebrenica and Zepa, two Muslim-populated towns in Serb-controlled territory, during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war. It was Europe’s biggest single massacre since World War II.
Tolimir was the “right-hand man” of General Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb army commander in the conflict, Judge Christoph Fluegge said as he read the verdict. Mladic is also on trial before The Hague, Netherlands-based court, for his role in the conflict that killed more than 100,000 people.
Tolimir was arrested in 2007 by Bosnian Serb authorities and handed over to the court. The tribunal is also trying Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb civilian leader during the conflict, which was triggered by Yugoslavia’s violent breakup.