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Serbian Court Orders Retrial Of Bosnian Security Officer


Ilija Jurisic in an undated photo

Ilija Jurisic in an undated photo

A court in Serbia has overturned a war crimes conviction and a 12-year prison sentence for a former Bosnian security officer.

In September 2009, Ilija Jurisic, 67, was found guilty of having ordered an armed attack by Bosnia's forces on a Yugoslav Army convoy at the beginning of the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

At least 50 soldiers were killed in the clash.

The Belgrade Appeals Court today ordered a retrial and released Jurisic from detention, saying the previous proceedings provided insufficient evidence.

Bosnian authorities have strongly protested Jurisic's 2007 arrest at the Belgrade airport, as well as his trial in Serbia.

compiled from agency reports
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