Ljubisa Beara, the logistics mind behind the 1995 Srebrenica genocide and a convicted war criminal, died at age 77 in a prison in Berlin, Germany where he was serving a life sentence rendered by The Hague tribunal, reported Klix. Beara, a former colonel and chief of security of the wartime Bosnian Serb army high command, was found guilty in the second instance in 2015.
In other news, a permanent exhibition opened in the former U.N. compound in Potocari, near Srebrenica, which was turned into a memorial center. The exhibition includes reconstructed DutchBat headquarters, photographs, and audio and video footage.
“It is emotional to be back,” said Gerry Kremer, a surgeon in the DutchBat battalion, after paying his respects with a dozen other Dutch soldiers at a cemetery where the remains of more than 6,300 victims were buried so far, reported VoA.
The Dutch soldiers were meant to protect the local population in Srebrenica enclave, but they were lightly armed and had no orders to confront the Bosnian Serb army commanded by General Ratko Mladic, currently on trial in The Hague.