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Atrocity video sparks arrest drive


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(CNN) -- A graphic video showing the killings of six Muslim men by a Serbian paramilitary unit during the notorious July 1995 Srebrenica massacre led to the arrests of at least eight people suspected of participating.

The slaughter -- which symbolizes the brutal Bosnian war last decade -- led to the deaths of up to 8,000 Muslim males during the Bosnian War.

Prosecutors working the war crimes case against former Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic showed the video at the Hague tribunal in the Netherlands.

It was aired on Serbian national television for the first time Wednesday night and then Friday on CNN.

The Serbian prime minister, Vojislav Kostunica, said on Thursday announced that arrests had been made after the video was aired. War crimes tribunal chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte praised the swift action.

The prosecutors believe that the video will provide a direct link between Milosevic and the atrocities at Srebrenica.

The video was shown because the paramilitaries were under the command of a Serbian Internal Affairs ministry, which had been under Milosevic's command at the time.

In the video, six young Muslim men, hands tied behind them, are taken from the back of a military truck as the paramilitary group called the Scorpions taunted and insulted them.

They were pushed facedown into the slope of a hill as a shot was fired over them, and were then escorted down an unpaved mountain road to a clearing and casually executed.

Del Ponte, who was visiting the region, demanded the arrests of the two wanted Bosnia Serb leaders -- Gen. Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic.

-- CNN correspondent Fionnuala Sweeney and producer Tamara Bralo contributed to this report


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