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APNewsBreak: Serbian prosecutors make first arrests of suspects in Srebrenica massacre

  • In this photo taken Saturday March 14, 2015, Ukrainian activist Andrei Schekun, left, with his family speaks to The Associated Press in the family’s rented apartment outside Kiev, Ukraine. For 11 days, Andrei Schekun was locked him in a dank room and tortured. He said the torture took place as Crimea voted in a referendum to secede from Ukraine a year ago Wednesday. Schekun’s crime: campaigning to persuade his fellow Crimeans to reject absorption by Russia. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    In this photo taken Saturday March 14, 2015, Ukrainian activist Andrei Schekun, left, with his family speaks to The Associated Press in the family’s rented apartment outside Kiev, Ukraine. For 11 days, Andrei Schekun was locked him in a dank room and tortured. He said the torture took place as Crimea voted in a referendum to secede from Ukraine a year ago Wednesday. Schekun’s crime: campaigning to persuade his fellow Crimeans to reject absorption by Russia. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Friday March 6, 2015 in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Muslim Bosniak woman Suhra Sinanovic  shows a tobacco box and photos of her husband Muriz Sinanovic who had been killed in July 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Prosecutors tell The Associated Press they have made Serbia's first arrests of people suspected of carrying out the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslims, Europe's worst civilian slaughter since World War II. (AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic)

    In this photo taken on Friday March 6, 2015 in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Muslim Bosniak woman Suhra Sinanovic shows a tobacco box and photos of her husband Muriz Sinanovic who had been killed in July 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Prosecutors tell The Associated Press they have made Serbia's first arrests of people suspected of carrying out the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslims, Europe's worst civilian slaughter since World War II. (AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Friday March 6, 2015 in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Muslim Bosniak woman Suhra Sinanovic  reacts as she talks about her husband Muriz Sinanovic who had been killed in July 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Serbia arrested men accused of executing over 1,000 Muslims at the warehouse on the outskirts of Srebrenica, The Associated Press has learned  in Serbia’s first arrests of men who carried out mass executions around the town. Serbia has put on trial men who took a group of prisoners away from Srebrenica to be killed, and in 2011 it arrested Ratko Mladic "the warlord who masterminded the slaughter " and sent him to The Hague, Netherlands to face an international criminal court. Arrests were Serbia’s first attempt to bring to justice men who got their hands bloody in the killing machine known as the Srebrenica massacre 20 years ago this July. (AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic)

    In this photo taken on Friday March 6, 2015 in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Muslim Bosniak woman Suhra Sinanovic reacts as she talks about her husband Muriz Sinanovic who had been killed in July 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Serbia arrested men accused of executing over 1,000 Muslims at the warehouse on the outskirts of Srebrenica, The Associated Press has learned in Serbia’s first arrests of men who carried out mass executions around the town. Serbia has put on trial men who took a group of prisoners away from Srebrenica to be killed, and in 2011 it arrested Ratko Mladic "the warlord who masterminded the slaughter " and sent him to The Hague, Netherlands to face an international criminal court. Arrests were Serbia’s first attempt to bring to justice men who got their hands bloody in the killing machine known as the Srebrenica massacre 20 years ago this July. (AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic)  (The Associated Press)

Prosecutors tell The Associated Press they have made Serbia's first arrests of people suspected of carrying out the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslims, Europe's worst civilian slaughter since World War II.

They say Serbian police arrested seven men accused of taking part in the slaughter of over 1,000 Muslims at a warehouse on the outskirts of Srebrenica. Altogether, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were killed by Serbs in the Bosnian enclave.

Serbia has put on trial men who took a group of prisoners away from Srebrenica to be killed. And in 2011 it arrested Ratko Mladic — the mastermind — sending him to an international criminal court in The Hague, Netherlands. But Wednesday's arrests were Serbia's first attempt to bring to justice men who got their hands bloody in the Srebrenica killing machine.