Bosnian court orders damages for mosques

Feb. 22, 2009 at 1:44 AM

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A Bosnian court has ordered the Bosnian Serb government to pay $42 million in damages for destroying mosques in the early 1990s.

Between 1992 and 1995, when a civil war wracked Bosnia-Herzegovina, hundreds of mosques were damaged or destroyed, including 16 in Banja Luka, the central town in Republika Srpska. Bosnian Muslims filed a lawsuit nine years ago, the BBC reports.

"For us, what is far more important than material compensation is that for the first time Republika Srpska has taken complete responsibility for the destruction of the mosques," Esad Hrvacic, a lawyer for the Muslims, told a local news agency.

Muslims say they also lost at least 1,000 religious artifacts during the war.

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