Strasbourg upholds term for Bosnian Serb

Europe's human rights court upheld a life term for Nikola Jorgić, found guilty of war crimes in Bosnia in 1992.

Source: AP
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Jorgić, a German resident of Bosnian Serb origin, was arrested upon his return to Germany in 1995 and convicted of "acting with the intent to commit genocide" on 11 counts, murdering 22 people and other serious crimes against Muslims during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. A Düsseldorf court sentenced him to life in 1997

Jorgić challenged the verdict at the European Court of Human Rights, arguing the German court did not have jurisdiction over the case.

But the Strasbourg court threw out his complaint Thursday, saying that the German court was not prohibited under international law from trying the case and that the Germans had "reasonable grounds for establishing their jurisdiction to try the applicant on charges of genocide."

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