12 I ORLD NEWSW Passion Islam I November 2009
US airline to pay out
in flying imams case
U.S. Airways has agreed to pay
“undisclosed damages” to because
of alleged suspicious activity, a
prominent rights group said.
The men were removed from
a Minneapolis to Phoenix flight on
November 20 and questioned for five
hours, sparking a protracted legal
battle between the six and the airline,
airport authority, U.S. Airways, the
crew and several passengers.
Four of the religious leaders prayed
in the airport before boarding the flight,
apparently prompting suspicions on
the part of staff and passengers.
In a statement, the imams said
they were guilty only of performing
“normal evening prayers.”
After questioning U.S. Airways
refused to allow them to take another
as “victory for justice and civil rights.” parties.”
Details of the settlement were not U.S. Airways confirmed a
The Council on American-Islamic
released, but CAIR said the case was settlement had been reached, but
Relations (CAIR) hailed the settlement
resolved to “the satisfaction of all would not comment further.
Serbian Officer gets
30 yrs over killing Muslims
The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina eastern enclave on July 11, 1995. The (ICTY) at The Hague. Mladic, however,
has sentenced a former Serb officer massacre is regarded as Europe’s worst still remains at large.
to 30 years in jail for the massacre of atrocity following the World War II era. Trbic, who also played a key role
8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica. At the time of the genocide the in the event, oversaw the detention
Milorad Trbic, a former assistant United Nations had declared Srebrenica of thousands of Muslims in several
commander for security, was found a “safe area” and stationed 400 armed schools around Srebrenica, where they
guilty of taking part in the persecution Dutch troops in the region. were kept in inhuman conditions, Jukic
of Bosnian Muslims in the Srebrenica However the UN peacekeepers from explained.
region as well as attempts to cover up the Netherlands did not intervene to stop Remains of more than 6,000
traces of the crime. the massacre, choosing to stand by and Srebrenica victims have been found in
The court concluded that he was watch. Since then, human rights groups mass graves across eastern Bosnia.
one of the senior Yugoslav officials have launched attacks on the UN for its Up to 3,800 have been identified so far
responsible for the detention, mass lack of intervention in Srebrenica. using DNA remains.
execution, and burial of the victims. Bosnian Serb leader of the time Despite finding him guilty of the
The presiding judge, Davorin Jukic Radovan Karadzic and his military chief, above charges, Jukic refrained from
said that Trbic had taken part in a “joint General Ratko Mladic, are seen as the referring to the crimes as genocide. This
criminal enterprise” with other Serb main perpetrators of the massacre, upset the victims’ families who assumed
army officers and organized the forcible rape and torture of thousands of women that he had been acquitted of all such
transfer of Muslims from Srebrenica and children, and ethnic cleansing in charges.
between July 10 and November 30, Srebenica. “The sentence was a reward for
1995. After ten years on the run, Radovan him. The court might as well have set
Some 8,000 Muslim men and boys Karadzic was finally caught in 2008 and him free,” Hatidza Mehmedovic, who
were killed in the Srebrenica genocide handed over to the International Criminal lost her husband and two sons in the
by Serb forces which captured the Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia massacre, told Reuters.
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