The Serbian war crimes court has acquitted two Serb former policemen of charges they collaborated in the execution-style slaying of three Albanian-American brothers in 1999.

The ex-policemen were accused of handing over the three brothers — Illy, Mehmet and Agron Bytyqi — to members of a special Serbian police unit who shot and killed them in their training camp in eastern Serbia.

The bodies of the brothers were discovered bound and blindfolded in a trash-filled mass grave in 2001 near the fence of the camp, two years after they had left their New York pizza business to join Kosovo rebels fighting for secession from Serbia.