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Bosnia : Former Bosnian Serb President Formally Indicted By Tribunal

The Hague, 10 January 2001 (RFE/RL) -- The International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague formally indicted former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic for war crimes after she surrendered to the court today. A spokeswoman for Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte said the list of charges included genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. She said that Plavsic will make an initial court appearance tomorrow to enter a plea when the indictment act is unsealed.

Plavsic, who is 70, is suspected of having prepared and committed war crimes against the non-Serb population in Bosnia during 1991 and the first half of 1992. She was a close ally of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic during the Bosnian war from 1992 to 1995, but she later broke ranks with hardliners.

Plavsic was president of the Bosnian Serb entity from 1996 to 1998, when she was defeated by an ultranationalist candidate.