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3 Bosnian Camp Officials Sentenced

November 14, 2001

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) _ The U.N. war crimes tribunal sentenced the commander of one of the most notorious prison camps of the Bosnian war to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to persecuting non-Serbs in 1992.

Two other defendants who worked as shift commanders at the Keraterm camp received shorter prison terms. Keraterm was one of three camps in Bosnia’s Prijedor region that operated in the spring and summer of 1992, holding about 6,000 inmates.

War crimes prosecutors dropped charges of genocide against camp commander Dusko Sikirica and shift commander Damir Dosen in September in exchange for guilty pleas to charges of persecuting Muslims and Croats.

Presiding Judge Patrick Robinson of Jamaica said Tuesday the men’s guilty pleas and expressions of remorse had helped reduce their sentences.

They pleaded guilty to one count each of persecution while running the Keraterm camp, where hundreds of detainees were beaten, starved or shot to death. The third defendant, Dragan Kolundzija, received a three-year prison term.

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