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Bosnian Serb Officer to Surrender to Hague Tribunal


A Bosnian Serb officer indicted for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre has surrendered to the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

Colonel Vujadin Popovic flew to the Netherlands from Belgrade Thursday to face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. The charges focus on his role in the deaths of about 8000 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 story provided by AFP.

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