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U.N.: Thousands dead equals genocide

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, April 19 (UPI) -- A United Nations court has upheld a verdict that the 1995 deaths of 7,000 men and boys in Bosnia was genocide, the BBC reported Monday.

Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia ruled against an appeal by Bosnian Serb Gen. Radislav Krstic, who claimed the number of dead was too "insignificant" to be classed as genocide.

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Krstic was jailed for 46 years in 2001 for his role in Srebrenica, where more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys were killed.

Krstic led the troops who took the so-called United Nations safe haven, together with fugitive Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic.

According to the 1948 Geneva Convention, genocide is defined as "acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group."

Fugitive war crimes suspects Mladic and Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic have also been indicted for genocide in Srebrenica.

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