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Croatia Reopens War-Crimes Trial

12 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- A Croatian court reopened today a war-crimes trial, charging eight former military police officers with torturing and killing Serb prisoners of war.

The alleged crimes took place in 1992 at the Lora military prison near the Adriatic city of Split. Croatia was at the time waging a war against its Serb minority.

The police officers were tried and acquitted by a court in Split in 2002 amid allegations of bias, mishandling of evidence, and harassment of witnesses.

The Supreme Court overturned their acquittal last year and ordered a retrial.

State radio reported that only four of the defendants appeared in the Split court today. The other four had gone into hiding after their acquittal was overturned.