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Serb ‘hid under bodies to survive’

In a voice choked with emotion, a Muslim man told judges yesterday at the UN trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic that he survived the Srebrenica massacre by feigning death beneath the bodies of men gunned down around him.

The witness testified under a pseudonym and with his image distorted, saying he feared Karadzic’s supporters could find him.

Lawyer Julian Nicholls said the witness was among about 1,000 Muslim men who surrendered to Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995.

The men were taken to a small room, given a drink of water and blindfolded before being put on another truck and driven to a nearby meadow.

“Prisoners were lined up in rows and shot,” Nicholls said. Karadzic faces 11 charges, including two genocide counts.

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