Naser Oric (R), wartime commander of Bosnian Muslim forces in the area of Srebrenica and Bratunac, leaves court in Sarajevo on October 9, 2017. AFP / ELVIS BARUKCIC
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Naser Oric, the Bosnian Muslim commander who led the defense of Srebrenica during the 1992-95 war, was cleared of war crimes against Serbs Monday, a ruling greeted by both celebration and condemnation in the divided state.Families of Bosnian Serbs killed in the war, who see Oric and his troops as criminals, walked out of the hearing in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo in protest.Oric was acquitted of war crimes against Serbs by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in 2008, but was arrested again in June 2015 in Switzerland on a warrant from Serbia accusing him of killing three Bosnian Serb prisoners of war early in the conflict.Dozens of Bosnian Serbs, including senior political and military leaders, have been sentenced by the ICTY and a Bosnian war crimes court over the Srebrenica massacre, which was declared genocide by two international courts.
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