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Bosnian Serb Man Guilty Of War Crimes

Thu., May 8, 1997

A U.N. war crimes tribunal concluded its first trial on Wednesday by convicting a Bosnian Serb of killing two policemen and of torturing and persecuting many Muslim civilians in Bosnia in 1992.

Dusan Tadic, 41, who is to be sentenced in July, is the first person to be tried on charges of war crimes in an international court since the trials after World War II.

Tadic, a slight man who is a karate expert, a reserve police officer and the owner of a cafe, was far from a mastermind or even a key player in the mass killing that took place in the former Yugoslavia. His conviction is a first step in the effort to bring to justice for the atrocities that characterized the war in the Balkans.

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