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UN: Former Bosnian President To Be Released Until Trial

The Hague, 29 August 2001 (RFE/RL) -- The UN war crimes tribunal today said that former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic will be released from detention until her trial at The Hague tribunal. Judge Richard May said Plavsic will be provisionally released to reside in the Republic of Serbia.

Plavsic is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, for her alleged role in the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

May said Plavsic is to be released "as soon as possible."

The tribunal has not yet set a date for Plavsic's trial, but it is expected to start early next year.

Also at The Hague today, a spokeswoman for the UN war crimes tribunal said prosecutors are very close to issuing indictments against former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic for alleged war crimes committed during the wars in Bosnia and Croatia.

Prosecutor's spokeswoman Florence Hartmann said the indictments will be ready by October.