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Updated: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:25:33 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Netherlands liable for 300 Srebrenica massacre deaths, court says



A woman from the Bosnian town of Srebrenica is embraced by her lawyer at a civil court in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A Dutch court has declared the country liable in the deaths of more than 300 Bosnian Muslim men murdered by Bosnian Serb forces in the United Nations-declared Srebrenica "safe haven" 19 years ago and ordered the government to pay compensation to their widows and families. The decision was only a partial victory for families of some 8,000 men slain in the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre. In an emotionally charged hearing judges said that Dutch UN peacekeepers should have known that more than 300 men deported from the Dutch compound by Bosnian Serb forces on July 13, 1995, would be murdered. (© AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)

A woman from the Bosnian town of Srebrenica is embraced by her lawyer at a civil court in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A Dutch court has declared the country liable in the deaths of more than 300 Bosnian Muslim men murdered by Bosnian Serb forces in the United Nations-declared Srebrenica "safe haven" 19 years ago and ordered the government to pay compensation to their widows and families. The decision was only a partial victory for families of some 8,000 men slain in the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre. In an emotionally charged hearing judges said that Dutch UN peacekeepers should have known that more than 300 men deported from the Dutch compound by Bosnian Serb forces on July 13, 1995, would be murdered. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis) Phil Nijhuis/The Associated Press

A court has cleared the Netherlands of liability in the deaths of the vast majority of the 8,000 Bosnian Muslims slain in the Srebrenica massacre 19 years ago, but says it has to compensate the families of more than 300 men turned over to Bosnian Serb forces and later killed.

The decision Wednesday was a victory for only a fraction of the families of men and boys slain in the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia.

In an emotionally charged hearing at a civil court in The Hague, judges said Dutch United Nations peacekeepers should have known that more than 300 men deported from the Dutch compound by Bosnian Serb forces on July 13, 1995, would be slain.

The court did not say how much compensation the families should receive.

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