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The judges also reflected on the genocide’s effect on those who survived it, noting “the extreme suffering of the approximately 30,000-35,000 women and children forcibly removed from both enclaves, and their inability to live a normal and constructive life to this day.”

Srebrenica widow Rejha Avdic, 50, who lost her husband in the massacre, said she was satisfied after watching the verdict on a television in the office of the Association of Srebrenica Survivors in Tuzla.

“This is what we expected and we feel better now,” she said. “We hope the court will continue to conduct fair trials.”

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Associated Press writer Aida Cerkez contributed from Sarajevo, Bosnia.