German Court Confirms Genocide Conviction of Bosnia Serb

Published January 16th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Germany's constitutional court on Tuesday rejected a Bosnian Serb's appeal against a genocide conviction arising out of the Bosnian war, confirming that any country's courts had jurisdiction over such crimes. 

The court rejected the appeal by Nikola Jorgic, 53, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1997 for the murder in 1992 of 30 Muslims in Bosnia. 

Jorgic was arrested in 1995 at Duesseldorf, western Germany, where he was eventually tried and convicted by the supreme state court of North Rhine-Westphalia. 

The courts found that Jorgic, who had lived in Germany since 1969, helped set up a paramilitary group in 1992 in the Bosnian region of Doboj, where he was born. That group was dedicated to forcing the Muslim population out of the area. 

Jorgi personally executed 22 people at Grabska in June 1992 and ordered the killing of other people, the verdicts said. 

In one incident, he killed a prisoner by putting a bucket over his head and hammered it with a wooden club until the victim died. 

Before Tuesday's constitutional court ruling, the conviction had already been confirmed by the federal high court in April 1999. It ruled that under the 1948 Genocide Conviction, all nations had an obligation to prosecute genocide cases -- KARLSRUHE, Germany (AFP) 


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