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Bosnian Party decorates ex-leader Karadzic, genocide suspect, as massacre anniversary looms

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A Bosnian Serb party is honoring its founder, Radovan Karadzic, a day before the mass funeral for 775 victims of the Srebrenica massacre — a crime for which he is standing trial.

Serb Democratic Party leader Mladen Bosic said Saturday at a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the party's founding that the party is not ashamed of the past.

Karadzic's wife, Ljiljana, received the decoration on her husband's behalf. He is now standing trial at the U.N. war crimes tribunal for genocide in Srebrenica, where his forces executed more than 8,000 civilians in 1995.

On Sunday Bosnia marks the 15th anniversary of the massacre. The 775 victims, found in mass graves and identified through DNA tests, will be laid to rest next to 3,831 victims already buried.