Bosnia court sentences man in wartime murder, rape

AP News
Posted: Nov 10, 2011 6:39 AM
Bosnia court sentences man in wartime murder, rape

Bosnia's war crimes court has sentenced a Bosnian Serb to 18 years in jail for the murder and rape of Muslims in a Sarajevo suburb occupied by Serb forces during the 1992-95 war.

The court said Thursday that Sasa Baricanin has participated in the murder of three members of a family and has repeatedly raped a woman he kept locked in an apartment.

The U.N. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallstroem, welcomed the verdict but noted that justice was coming slow for rape victims. There have been just 30 verdicts issued for sexual violence so far in response to an estimated 50,000 rapes during the war.

Wallstroem praised the "resilience of Bosnian women who have joined forces in their quest for justice," and urged authorities to protect the witnesses who came forward.