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Bosnian Serb Officer to Surrender to The Hague Tribunal


A Bosnian Serb officer indicted for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre is flying to the Netherlands to surrender to the Hague war crimes tribunal.

Colonel Vujadin Popovic left Belgrade Thursday to face such charges as genocide and crimes against humanity. The charges focus on his role in the deaths of about eight thousand Muslim men and boys after Serb forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina captured the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica in 1995.

Meanwhile, the tribunal ordered the release, pending trial, of former Serbian President Milan Milutinovic, former Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Sainovic, General Dragoljub Ojdanic and General Vladimir Lazarevic. All four have been indicted in connection with repression against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

However, the court stayed the release of all but General Lazarevic to give prosecutors time to appeal the order.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP.

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