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Hague Tribunal Approves Provisional Release of Former Yugoslav Army Chief

The United Nations war crimes tribunal has approved the provisional release pending trial of former Yugoslav army chief of staff General Momcilo Perisic.

The general pleaded not guilty in March to 13 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. These include charges that troops under his command attacked Zagreb, the Croatian capital, and committed atrocities during the Bosnian conflict.

The charges also include the massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys by Serb forces following their capture of the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1995.

General Perisic surrendered to The Hague tribunal earlier this year.

The court stayed the release order for 24 hours to give prosecutors time to appeal.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.