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Serbia Gives UN War Crimes Tribunal Mladic Diaries


War crimes prosecutors in The Hague say Serbia has sent them a package of diaries written by fugitive Bosnian Serb wartime commander Ratko Mladic that they want to use as evidence.

Prosecutors declined Wednesday to reveal the content of the diaries, which were seized earlier this year from the Belgrade apartment of Mladic's wife. But they have asked the war crimes tribunal for permission to use them in the ongoing trial of Mladic's former boss, Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic.

Karadzic is on trial for allegedly masterminding Bosnian Serb atrocities throughout the Bosnian war, which ended in 1995.

Separately, the court upheld the acquittal of a former Macedonian interior minister charged with failing to punish subordinates for a deadly attack in 2001 on an ethnic Albanian village.

The ruling clears Ljube Boskoski, who launched an unsuccessful bid for the Macedonian presidency last year.

Boskoski was interior minister at the time of the August 2001 attack.

In the same ruling, the court upheld the conviction and 12-year prison term for the commander of the operation, Johan Tarculovsky.

Both defendants faced a spate of charges, including murder and arson, for the attack on the village of Ljuboten. At the 2008 trial of both men, prosecutors said Tarculovsky's unit abused dozens of people and burned and destroyed many Ljuboten homes.

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

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