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UN Tribunal Convicts Six Bosnian Croats

A United Nations court has convicted six Bosnian Croat political and military leaders for war crimes committed during the Bosnian War in the 1990s.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague sentenced the six to prison terms ranging from 10 to 25 years.

The longest sentence was handed down to Jadranko Prlic, the wartime political leader of the self-proclaimed Bosnian Croat statelet of Herzeg-Bosna.

Prlic and the five other were found guilty of persecuting, murdering, and deporting Muslims and were held responsible for the destruction of the Ottoman-era bridge in Mostar.

The judges said Croatia and its late President Franjo Tudjman had been involved in the plan to carve out a Croat ministate in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, Reuters, and RFE/RL's Balkan Service

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