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Croatian Court Starts War Crimes Investigation of Lawmaker

A Croatian court has begun a war crimes investigation against a leading opposition lawmaker who is also a former high-ranking member of the ruling party.

Branimir Glavas is alleged to have participated in the deaths of minority Serbs during Croatia's war for independence from Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.

The court has also started an investigation of Krunoslav Fehir, who claims he served in Glavas' paramilitary unit during the war and killed Serbs on Glavas' orders.

Glavas denies any wrongdoing and says the prosecution is politically motivated.

Glavas was known as a fiery nationalist during the war. He was a leading member of Croatia's ruling HDZ party until he was expelled last year. Glavas then formed his own political party and continued to serve in parliament.

The legislature lifted his parliamentary immunity from prosecution last month.

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