Bosnian Serb convicted in Srebrenica genocide dies in cell

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Bosnian Serb general convicted by a United Nations tribunal of involvement in the Srebrenica genocide has died in his cell.

A representative of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal press office said Tuesday that Zdravko Tolimir died Monday night at the court’s detention unit. The representative declined to give her name because the court had not yet made an official announcement.

Tolimir, a trusted aide of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic, was convicted in December 2012 of genocide and other crimes in the 1995 massacre by Bosnian Serb forces of some 8,000 Muslim men in Srebrenica, eastern Bosnia — Europe’s worst mass killing since World War II. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Appeals judges upheld most of his convictions last April and confirmed his life sentence.