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Bosnian Army Commander To Surrender To Hague

23 February 2005 -- A wartime commander of the Muslim-dominated Bosnian Army has announced he will surrender to the United Nations tribunal in The Hague to face charges of war crimes against ethnic Serbs.

Retired General Rasim Delic is among the highest-ranking Bosnian Muslims to be indicted by the international tribunal for crimes in connection with the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

He is expected to surrender on 28 February.

Delic said on Bosnian television that as a person who respects the law, he can do nothing else but to defend the truth about the war before the tribunal.

Delic said he had no command responsibility for war crimes.

Bosnian television said he has been charged in connection with war crimes committed by the El-Mujaheed unit, which included foreign Islamic fighters, against Serbs in the area of Ozren and Vozuca.

Delic is the second Bosnian Muslim wartime army chief to be indicted by the international tribunal, following Sefer Halilovic, who is currently on trial.