Landmark case

After 2 decades, Bosnian rape victim awarded compensation

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A former Bosnian Serb soldier was sentenced to eight years in prison on Monday for raping a woman in 1993 during the Bosnia-Herzegovina War. He was also ordered to pay her about $16,700 in damages. “This ruling is a vindication for the victims of sexual violence,” said Baroness Anelay, a foreign minister from the U.K. The case is pivotal because it’s reportedly the first time a victim of a war crime has been awarded compensation for suffering, and it could pave the way for many women who were victims of sexual violence during the 1990s conflict between Bosnia and Herzegovina to take similar legal action. A major problem experts have pointed out, though, is the question of who will actually pay any fines levied in court because many soldiers who stand to be convicted either don’t have the funds to pay a penalty such as that, or simply won’t. Some have suggested that Bosnia take responsibility for the payments, but that would further strain an already financially distressed nation.

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