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Vukovar Massacre Trial To Start In The Hague

11 October 2005 -- Three Serbian former Yugoslav army officers are due to go on trial at the United Nations war crimes court in The Hague starting today for complicity in the 1991 Vukovar massacre in Croatia.

The three men -- Veselin Sljivancanin, Mile Mrksic, and Miroslav Radic -- are charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity for allegedly allowing troops under their control to remove hundreds of non-Serb patients and other people from a Vukovar hospital and transport them to a nearby farm in November 1991.

At least 264 people, most of them Croatians, were eventually killed and their bodies buried in a mass grave.

The three men have pleaded not guilty.

They are not accused of personally murdering the victims, but the prosecution says they were responsible for the forces that carried out the massacre, which was one of the most notorious atrocities of the Balkan wars.