Hague Tribunal Acquits Croatian Generals of Atrocities in Serbia

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Hague Tribunal Acquits 2 Croatian Generals of Atrocities in Serbia: Hague Tribunal Acquits Croatian Generals of Atrocities in Serbia Former Croatian General, Ante Gotovina, (right), listens to the announcement of the rule of The Hague War Crimes Tribunal for former Yugoslavia. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The Hague War Crimes Tribunal has overturned the convictions of Croatian generals, Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac, charged with atrocities against Serbs in the 1990s.

In 2011 they were sentenced to 24 years and 18 years respectively on counts of murder, persecution, and plunder, for the killing of ethnic Serbs in a military operation to retake Croatia's Krajina region.

The case was tried at The Hague on appeal and the rule is final. The judges at the tribunal for former Yugoslavia ordered the release of the two, both aged 57.

On Friday, presiding Judge Theodor Meron, cited by BBC, has said that the Court had entered "a verdict of acquittal" for Gen Gotovina and Gen Markac.

In 2011, judges ruled that they were part of a criminal conspiracy, led by late Croatian President Franjo Tudjman, to "permanently and forcibly remove" the Serb civilian population from Krajina, BBC reminds, and informs Judge Meron has dismissed the conspiracy charges as well.

The appeals judges also stated that the 2011 trial chamber "erred in finding that artillery attacks" ordered by Gen Gotovina and Gen Markac on Krajina towns "were unlawful".

The two former generals have always insisted that they did not deliberately attacked civilians.

BBC further reports that neither defendant has showed emotion in court, but their supporters in the gallery hugged each other and clapped after the verdict.

On Croatian capital Zagreb's main square, thousands of people, who watched the proceedings live on giant TV, cheered the ruling.

On Thursday, candle-lit vigils were held in Zagreb and Catholic churches around the country as war veterans and bishops asked supporters to "raise their voices against injustice".

Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Rasim Ljajic has condemned the verdict, saying the tribunal had "lost all its credibility", Serbia's Beta news agency reported.

About 200 000 ethnic Serbs were driven from Croatia in 1995 and at least 150 were killed in a military offensive in Krajina known in "Operation Storm," ordered by Tudjman. He died in 1999 while being under investigation by The Hague tribunal.

The European Union has made it clear to former Yugoslav republics that they will not be considered for membership until war criminals are brought to justice.

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sa-sha - 18 Nov 2012 // 10:07:48

"No need to keep quoting it, Sa-sha - you remind us..."---"Us", so nice! Special thanks to Einstein.

Chushki - 17 Nov 2012 // 18:58:50

Yet more halfwitted diatribe from the forum cockroach Seedy. The sooner he is hanged by his heels like his hero il Duce, the better for both him, his long suffering boyfriend and humanity in general.

Seedy - 17 Nov 2012 // 18:20:22

I think that's a bit unlikely, Chuskers: judging by your past and present comments you are unable to read and can't form a logical thought - and you certainly lack the capacity to recognise or utter one....

Chushki - 17 Nov 2012 // 17:49:49

I'd rather read Einstein quotes than Seedy & his constant paraphrasing of his heroes Hitler, Himmler & Goebbels.

Seedy - 17 Nov 2012 // 15:42:15

No need to keep quoting it, Sa-sha - you remind us of it every time you post here.... :(

sa-sha - 17 Nov 2012 // 14:55:12

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.”-Albert Einstein

sa-sha - 17 Nov 2012 // 10:58:03

I wouldn't be so severe to Bulgarian judges...it looks sooner that this
serpentarium "The Hague" decided to pay-by that shameful decision- tribute to the memory of all Croatian fascists/terrorists known as "Ustashi", responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Serbs during World War II. Kindred spirits...
"God save us from plague, famine and Croats" .....and the Hague.

Chushki - 16 Nov 2012 // 18:59:42

Looks like the Hague have employed some Bulgarian judges.

sa-sha - 16 Nov 2012 // 15:23:49

"In 2011 they[Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac] were sentenced to 24 years and 18 years respectively on counts of murder, persecution, and plunder, for the killing of ethnic Serbs..." and now,
in 2012, The Hague War Crimes Tribunal (HWCT) acquits them. Triump of HH Justice or a bunch of HWCT peder*sts in action...
Democracy, You say? So nice.

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