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6 September 2013 Last updated at 05:21 ET

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Dutch state liable for three Srebrenica deaths court

Bosnian Muslims recently buried 409 newly-identified victims of the massacre Continue reading the main story

Related Stories • 'We thought Srebrenica would be safe' Watch • Mass burial for Srebrenica victims Watch • Karadzic genocide charge reinstated The Dutch supreme court has ruled that the Netherlands was liable for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslim men killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The men had been ordered to leave a UN compound run by Dutch peacekeeping forces when Bosnian Serb forces overran it. The ruling upheld an earlier decision by an appeals court in 2011. Considered Europe's worst massacre since WWII, 7,500 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed in the atrocity. The case centred on three Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) who were working for the Dutch force, Dutchbat, during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. They were among thousands who took shelter in the UN compound as Bosnian Serb forces commanded by Gen Ratko Mladic overran Srebrenica on 11 July 1995. Two days later, Dutch peacekeepers forced the Bosniaks out of the compound. In 2011, the court ruled that the Dutch troops should not have handed the three men over to Bosnian Serb forces.


"The (appeals) court decision is upheld," Judge Floris Bakels said as relatives of the victims broke down in tears and hugged each other. The final ruling means that relatives of the victims can now claim compensation from the Dutch state, including former UN interpreter Hasan Nuhanovic, whose father, mother and brother were killed by Bosnian Serb forces. Correspondents say the ruling may have an impact on future UN peacekeeping missions, as states could be reluctant to participate in foreign military operations amid fears of being held responsible for situations that get out of control.

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From other news sites • Expatica Netherlands Dutch state sent Bosnian Muslims to death at Srebrenica: court 53 mins ago • FOXNews.com Dutch state 'sent Bosnians to death at Srebrenica' 1 hr ago • About these results

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Dutch state liable for three Srebrenica deaths - court