A Bosnian Muslim woman was jailed today for five and a half years for the wartime murders of Croat civilians and prisoners of war, in the country's first conviction of a woman for crimes committed during the 1992-95 conflict.

In court Rasema Handanovic, 39, a single mother and naturalised U.S. citizen, had pleaded guilty to the killings of six Bosnian Croats during an attack on the southern village of Trusina in April 1993. She agreed to testify against six members in the Bosnian army, who carried out the attack.

Boris Grubesic a Bosnian Prosecution spokesperson confirmed the details of the deaths


The attack on the village of Trusina happened on April 16, 1993 when 22 persons were killed, of which 18 were civilians, four HVO soldiers, who surrendered themselves and more people were wounded, including two children."

He then added that there were two other on-going cases pending with other women ,who are alleged to be involved with war crimes committed in camps and surrounding areas.