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Bosnian Serb Police Charge Retired Croatian General With War Crimes

Retired General Ante Gotovina
Retired General Ante Gotovina

Bosnian Serb police have accused retired Croatian General Ante Gotovina of war crimes against civilians during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, police and media have said.

A police spokeswoman in the Bosnian town of Trebinje said on April 12 that police filed charges with national prosecutors against a person with the initials A.G. on suspicion of "committing war crimes against civilians and humanity."

Local media identified A.G. as Gotovina.

Police said the alleged crimes were committed in 1992 in the western Bosnian region of Livno. Serbs fled Livno during the war, and some now live in Trebinje, which is in the Serb-controlled part of Bosnia.

An association of former war-camp detainees in Trebinje said it knew about the charges and that some of its members were ready to testify against Gotovina.

In 2012, Gotovina was acquitted on appeal by a UN court that had initially convicted him of war crimes against Serbs in neighboring Croatia during the war there, which lasted from 1991-95.

The court in The Hague had initially sentenced Gotovina to 24 years in prison over Operation Storm, an August 1995 operation that he commanded.

The Balkan conflicts of the 1990s claimed 130,000 lives, 100,000 of them in Bosnia.

Based on reporting by AFP and

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