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Bosnia's war crimes court marks 10th anniversary , more than 450 prosecutions


SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnia's war crimes court has marked a decade since its establishment with a public pledge to continue hunting down and prosecuting people suspected of crimes during the country's 1992-95 war.

Since its inception, the court has prosecuted 453 people accused of genocide, torture, rape and other war crimes, securing convictions in more than 80 percent of cases, it said in a statement issued on Monday's anniversary.

The war claimed some 100,000 lives and forced more than half of the 4.4 million Bosnians to flee their homes.

Bosnia's court was established to relieve the caseload of The Hague-based U.N. war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia. Unlike The Hague Tribunal, which is winding down, it does not have a time limit for dealing with its estimated 1,200 cases involving some 8,000 suspects.

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