The Hague, March 15 (RFE/RL) - The United Nations War Crimes
Tribunal announced today that it will hold a public hearing beginning
next Wednesday (March 20) in the case against three senior officers
of the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA).
The three men, Mile Mrksic, Miroslav Radic, and Veselin Sljivancanin,
were indicted by the Tribunal last November for their part in the
alleged massacre of 261 non-Serb men at Ovcara, near Vukovar in
eastern Croatia. The officers are charged with war crimes in
connection with the alleged massacre following the fall of Ovcara to
the Yugoslav Army.
The Tribunal will hear evidence against the three officers, who are
still at large, with a view to confirming the indictment and issuing
an international arrest warrant. The hearings do not amount to a
trial in absentia, which is not allowed under the Tribunal's statute.
But they are seen as an important step to securing the extradition of
the indicted men.