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UN war crimes tribunal grants leave to former senior Bosnian Croat figure

UN war crimes tribunal grants leave to former senior Bosnian Croat figure

The United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has granted temporary provisional release to a former senior Bosnian Croat figure who is currently on trial.

The United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has granted temporary provisional release to a former senior Bosnian Croat figure who is currently on trial.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which sits in The Hague, ruled on Tuesday that Bruno Stojić be granted leave on humanitarian grounds until 5 May, when the defence case in his trial is scheduled to begin.

Mr. Stojić and five other co-accused, all former high-level leaders in the Bosnian Croat wartime entity known as Herceg-Bosna, stand accused of war crimes committed in 1992 and 1993 against Bosnian Muslims and other non-Croats in south-western and central Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially the municipalities of Prozor, Gornji Vakuf, Jablanica, Mostar, Ljubuški, Stolac, Capljina and Vareš.

The many charges include murder, rape, unlawful deportation, imprisonment, cruel treatment, unlawful labour, the wanton destruction of cities, towns and villages, and persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds.