UN court extends sentence of Serbian war criminal

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A lower United Nations Yugoslav tribunal convicted Veselin Sljivancanin in 2007 of enabling the beatings and torture of Croatian prisoners of war. But Sljivancanin was acquitted of aiding and abetting murder and given a five-year sentence.

Sljivancanin, who had already served most of the initial sentence imposed on him, did not visibly react as appeals judges added a charge of aiding and abetting murder to his conviction, and sent him back to jail.

The judges increased his sentence to 17 years, ruling that the 56- year-old Sljivancanin could have prevented the murders.

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