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Man sentenced to 45 years in Bosnia war crimes

Veselin Vlahovic showed no reaction to the court’s verdict.
Veselin Vlahovic showed no reaction to the court’s verdict.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — A court in Bosnia on Friday convicted a Montenegrin man of multiple counts of murder, torture, rape, and looting during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, and sentenced him to 45 years in prison — the highest sentence ever issued in the country.

Judge Zoran Bozic said that Veselin Vlahovic, 43, killed 31 people, raped a number of women, and tortured and robbed non-Serb residents of a Sarajevo suburb while fighting for the Bosnian Serbs. Among other crimes, the judge described how Vlahovic cut the throats of two brothers in front of their mother, then killed her and raped the men’s wives.

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said that during the trial some of the 112 witnesses described mothers being raped in front of their children. The prosecution plans to appeal because he was acquitted on six counts.

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Vlahovic’s lawyer said he also will appeal the sentence because he believes that some of the 60 counts on which Vlahovic was convicted were not proven.

Associated Press