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Dutch court rules that top Dutch peacekeeper should not be prosecuted for Srebrenica massacre

  • FILE - In this July 13, 1995 file photo Dutch UN peacekeepers sit on top of an APC while Muslim refugees from Srebrenica, eastern Bosnia, gather in the village of Potocari, some 5 kms north of Srebrenica. A Dutch high court has ruled on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 that retired General Thom Karremans could not be held criminally liable on grounds of command responsibility. The military chamber of the Arnhem court ruled that Karremans who commanded Dutch peacekeepers in the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica when Bosnian Serb fighters overran the town and massacred some 8,000 Muslim men should not be prosecuted for involvement in the slayings. (AP Photo, File)

    FILE - In this July 13, 1995 file photo Dutch UN peacekeepers sit on top of an APC while Muslim refugees from Srebrenica, eastern Bosnia, gather in the village of Potocari, some 5 kms north of Srebrenica. A Dutch high court has ruled on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 that retired General Thom Karremans could not be held criminally liable on grounds of command responsibility. The military chamber of the Arnhem court ruled that Karremans who commanded Dutch peacekeepers in the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica when Bosnian Serb fighters overran the town and massacred some 8,000 Muslim men should not be prosecuted for involvement in the slayings. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 12, 1995 file photo Bosnian Serb army General Ratko Mladic, left, drinks with Dutch military Col. Thom Karremans, second right, in the Bosnian village of Potocari. A Dutch high court has ruled on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 that retired General Thom Karremans could not be held criminally liable on grounds of command responsibility. The military chamber of the Arnhem court ruled that Karremans who commanded Dutch peacekeepers in the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica when Bosnian Serb fighters overran the town and massacred some 8,000 Muslim men should not be prosecuted for involvement in the slayings. (AP Photo, File)

    FILE - In this July 12, 1995 file photo Bosnian Serb army General Ratko Mladic, left, drinks with Dutch military Col. Thom Karremans, second right, in the Bosnian village of Potocari. A Dutch high court has ruled on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 that retired General Thom Karremans could not be held criminally liable on grounds of command responsibility. The military chamber of the Arnhem court ruled that Karremans who commanded Dutch peacekeepers in the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica when Bosnian Serb fighters overran the town and massacred some 8,000 Muslim men should not be prosecuted for involvement in the slayings. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Dutch high court has ruled that a retired general who commanded Dutch peacekeepers in the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica when Bosnian Serb fighters overran the town and massacred some 8,000 Muslim men should not be prosecuted for involvement in the slayings.

The military chamber of the Arnhem court ruled on Wednesday that Gen. Thom Karremans could not be held criminally liable on grounds of command responsibility.

Relatives of three victims of the worst massacre in Europe since World War II wanted Karremans and two other members of the Dutch peacekeeping force to face charges, arguing their family members were turned over to the Serbs when they should have been offered protection.