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Bosnian Serb Acquitted Of War Crimes Charges

(RFE/RL) July 18, 2007 -- Bosnia-Herzegovina's war crimes court today acquitted a Bosnian Serb, Momcilo Mandic, of charges of war crimes during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.

Mandic was indicted by the UN war-crimes tribunal in The Hague, but the case was transferred to Bosnia, which is handling the trials of some lower-profile suspects while the UN tribunal tries top wartime officials.

Bosnia-Herzegovina's judicial authorities charged Mandic a year ago with "criminal offenses of war crimes against civilians and crimes against humanity."

Although he was acquitted of war-crimes charges, Mandic will remain in prison, where he is serving a nine-year sentence for financial embezzlement in support of war-crimes suspects.

(dpa, Reuters)

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