Bosnia: Sarajevo defense commander charged with war crimes

Prosecutors in Bosnia have charged the commander of special police units in Sarajevo during the 1992-95 siege of the city by Bosnian Serb forces with war crimes over the execution of eight captured enemy combatants.

The Bosnian prosecutor's office said in a statement Thursday that Dragan Vikic and three former Bosnian police officers were charged over their roles in the 1992 killings in the center of Sarajevo. The eight Serb soldiers had been captured after their armored personnel carrier broke down on the outskirts of the city.

Vikic and one officer were charged with "failing to arrest, process and sanction" persons responsible for the crime and "failing to prevent removal of evidence and hiding of the bodies." Two other officers were charged with participation in the crime.