Bosnian Serb gets 24 years in jail for war crimes

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The appeals chamber of Bosnia's war crimes court on Wednesday sentenced Bosnian Serb Nedjo Samardzic to 24 years in jail after his original sentence of 13 years and four month was overturned.

Samardzic had been sentenced in April for abetting and aiding persecution, rape and torture of Muslims in an eastern Bosnian town early in the 1992-95 war but the appeals chamber then ordered a re-trail because of procedural errors.

In Wednesday's verdict, the chamber said Samardzic took part in persecution of Muslim population, forced sexual slavery, rape and other crimes against humanity in the town of Foca.

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