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Former Croatian General Arrested, Interior Minister Resigns

Croatian authorities have arrested a former Croatian general after he violated conditions of his provisional release by going hunting.

Croatia's interior minister, Ivica Kirin, who was in the same hunting party, offered his resignation immediately after Markac's arrest.

The United Nations war crimes tribunal had ordered the arrest of former general Mladen Markac earlier Saturday after a photo became public of him hunting wild boar around Christmas time. The arrest is based on the grounds that he left his designated residence without the court's permission.

Judges asked Croatian authorities to deliver Markac to the court's detention facility in the Netherlands on Sunday.

The former commander of the Croatian police special forces has been indicted for his role in war crimes against ethnic Serbs in Croatia during a 1995 military operation.

Markac was on provisional release since December of 2004, pending trial.

Prosecutors indicted Markac along with two other former Croatian generals, Ante Gotovina and Ivan Cermak, for criminal activities in the August 1995 operation in central Croatia that led to the deaths of some 150 ethnic Serbs. Charges include murder, persecution, plundering and wanton destruction of property.

Croatia's cooperation with the U.N. war crimes tribunal is one of the European Union's key conditions as it considers the country's candidacy in the 27-nation bloc.