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Prosecutors Seek Life Sentence for War Crimes Suspect Martic


War crimes prosecutors have asked the Hague tribunal to impose a life sentence on former Croatian Serb leader Milan Martic.

In a closing statement Wednesday, prosecutor Alex Whiting said Martic was guilty of murder, torture and destruction of villages during the conflicts in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the early 1990s. He said those offenses include rocket and artillery attacks on downtown Zagreb in 1995. The Zagreb attacks killed at least seven people and wounded many others.

At the time of the attacks, Martic headed the self-proclaimed republic of Serbian Krajina, a Serb entity opposed to Croatia's independence from the former Yugoslavia.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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