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Yugoslavia: Milosevic Indicted for Genocide in Bosnia

The Hague, 23 November 2001 (RFE/RL) -- The International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia has indicted former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic for genocide for his role in the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Prosecution spokeswoman Florence Hartmann said Judge Richard May has confirmed the charges against Milosevic. She said the 29 counts include charges of genocide, complicity to commit genocide, crimes against humanity, and grave breaches of the Geneva conventions.

The indictment alleges that Milosevic "participated in a joint criminal enterprise, the purpose of which was the forcible and permanent removal of the majority of non-Serbs from large areas of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina."

It included responsibility for the murder of more than 7,000 Muslims from the UN-declared protected zone of Srebrenica in July 1995.

It was the third indictment against Milosevic, who is in The Hague awaiting a war crimes trial at the UN tribunal. He has already been charged for alleged war crimes in Kosovo and Croatia.

The Bosnia indictment was the first to include genocide, the most serious crime in the tribunal's statute.