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Yugoslavia: WarCrimes Tribunal Releases Indictment


UN War Crimes Tribunal For Former Yugoslavia Hands Down Final Indictments

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today handed down its final indictments, charging an ex-Interior Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and a police officer with war crimes that included murder and the wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages.

Former minister Ljube Boskoski and police officer Johan Tarculovski were indicted in The Hague before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which is to complete trying all defendants before it by 2008.

Other important investigations that have not led to indictments by the Tribunal will now be transferred to the local authorities. Meanwhile, the Tribunal continues to urge States to assist in transferring 17 indicted fugitives, including General Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic who are wanted for their roles in the 1992-95 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The highest ranking defendant before the court is former Yugoslav President Slobodan Miloševic, whose trial has been going on for more than three years.

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