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Bosnian Serb Officials Indicted for Aiding War Crimes Suspects

Bosnia-Herzegovina's highest court has formally charged several former top Bosnian Serb officials with aiding fugitive war crimes suspects, abuse of office, fraud, and a role in organized crime.

The State Court, in Sarajevo, confirmed the charges against the former Serb representative on Bosnia's collective presidency, Mirko Sarovic, former Bosnian Serb Interior Minister Momcilo Mandic, and other officials.

The case involves diversion of funds from, Privredna Banka in the Serb part of Sarajevo to other accounts, including those used for assisting fugitive former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic escape capture.

The United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague indicted Karadzic in 1995 on charges of a role in attacks on civilians during the Bosnian conflict.

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