Bosnia charges former presidency member with war crimes, including killings and torture

Prosecutors in Bosnia have charged a former member of the presidency and three other men with war crimes involving killing, torture and forcible deportation of civilians during the country's 1992-95 war.

Borislav Paravac, who served as the Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency from 2003 to 2006, is accused of "willing and active" participation in deportation, looting, beatings, torture and killing of non-Serb civilians near the northern towns of Doboj and Teslic, prosecutors said Thursday.

The crimes were part of a "wide-spread and systematic attack" by Serb forces aimed at permanent removal of non-Serbs from the area.

Some 100,000 people were killed during the Bosnian war in which Bosnian Serb forces attempted to empty a large part of the country of its non-Serb population to create a homogenous Serb territory.