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Former Bosnian Serb General Pleads Not Guilty


7 December 2004 -- Former Bosnian Serb General Dragomir Milosevic today pleaded not guilty before the United Nations war crimes court to charges that he terrorized the besieged city of Sarajevo during the Bosnian war in the 1990s.

Milosevic pleaded not guilty to four counts of crimes against humanity and three counts of violations of the laws and customs of war in his initial appearance before the tribunal in The Hague.

Milosevic was transferred from Belgrade to The Hague on 3 December.

He was chief of staff in the Bosnian Serb army corps commanded by General Stanislav Galic. The Hague tribunal sentenced Galic one year ago to 20 years in prison for his role in the 44-month blockade of Sarajevo, which resulted in the deaths of more than 10,500 people.

The siege provoked NATO air strikes against the besieging forces that ultimately led to the end of the war.

(Reuters/AFP)
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