Bosnian Serb Maksim Sokolovic Guilty of Bosnian Genocide
On 30 November 1999, a court in Dusseldorf sentenced Maksim Sokolovic, a 59-year-old Bosnian Serb and longtime German resident, to nine years in prison for war crimes in Bosnia in 1992. Sokolovic, who led a paramilitary unit, was convicted of complicity in genocide and other crimes in eastern Bosnia. He was tried in Germany to ease the caseload at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at the Hague.
His charges related to a question whether or not genocide was committed in Bosnia-Herzegovina against the Bosnian Muslim population. The court in Duesseldorf, presided by a German-Jewish Holocaust survivor, reached unanimous consensus that Serb forces indeed committed genocide. Sokolovic was found guilty of participating in the systematic extermination of Muslims during the Bosnian war. His conviction relates to war crimes in the municipality of Kalesija, near Zvornik.