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Yugoslavia: War Crimes Suspects Go To The Hague

Belgrade, 15 May 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Two Serbs, Milan Martic and former Yugoslav General Mile Mrksic, wanted for alleged war crimes during the Croatian war, left Belgrade today to surrender to the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Martic, the former leader of Serb separatists in Croatia, told reporters that he is surrendering to the tribunal to clear his name. He was the leader of the breakaway Serb republic of Krajina in Croatia. The republic opposed Croatia's declaration of independence from Serbia in 1991.

Martic was indicted by the UN tribunal for ordering attacks on the Croatian capital Zagreb in 1995. The attacks left seven civilians dead and dozens injured.

Martic is one of six war crimes suspects wanted by the UN tribunal who have volunteered to surrender to the tribunal. Eighteen other named suspects have so far failed to comply with Yugoslav government orders to turn themselves in to the tribunal.