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July-21-00

U.N. War Crimes Court Upholds First Rape Verdict

The United Nations war crimes court upheld a landmark conviction of a Bosnian Croat paramilitary commander who failed to stop the rape and torture of a Bosnian Muslim woman. Anto Furundzija faces a 10-year prison sentence for standing by as a soldier under his command threatened a woman with a knife and raping her during interrogation. The five-judge U.N. panel of the International War Crimes Tribunal rejected Furundzija's appeal, affirming the momentous December 1998 decision that broadened the definition of rape as a war crime.

Media Resources: The New York Times - 21 July 2000

   

     

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