Bosnia jails first female war crime convict
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
A court in Bosnia has jailed the nation's first female war crimes convict. Rasema Handanović, 39, admitted six killings in the village of in 1993.
Judge Jasmina Kosović noted mitigating conditions for Handanović: She had expressed remorse for the victims, she had co-operated and given testimony for use against others in the attack, she was avictim, and she had lost family in the fighting. Handanović received a five-and-one-half-years prison sentence yesterday.
Kosović noted the convict "participated with other members of her unit in the executions of three civilians and three soldiers".
Handanović, now a United States citizen whom Bosnia extradited, was part of a firing squad. The Trusina incident ultimately left eighteen civlians and four prisoners of war dead. She provided evidence against six other members of Zulfikar, a special unit within the . Handanović had earlier struck a .
- Trusina case on Wikipedia.
- Reuters. "Bosnian woman jailed for wartime murders" — , April 30, 2012
- AFP. "Muslim becomes first woman to be convicted of Bosnian war crimes" — , April 30, 2012
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