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War Crimes Tribunal Upholds Kordic Conviction

The United Nations war crimes tribunal has upheld the 25-year prison sentence for former Bosnian Croat politician Dario Kordic.

Appeals judges in The Hague Friday confirmed a lower panel's ruling that Kordic committed crimes against humanity when he ordered the notorious 1993 massacre in the Muslim village of Ahmici in central Bosnia-Herzegovina. Bosnian Croat troops massacred more than 100 civilians, including women and children.

In another ruling, the justices reduced to six years the 15-year term of former Bosnian Croat military commander Mario Cerkez, finding him not guilty in the Ahmici operation. A lower court had convicted him of leading an ethnic cleansing campaign that virtually emptied parts of central Bosnia-Herzegovina of its Muslim population.

Cerkez already has served seven years in prison, and was released by the court earlier this month.

Some information for this article reported by AP, AFP and Reuters.