Former Bosnian Croat soldier pleads not guilty to war crimes at The Hague

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Croat soldier Miroslav Bralo pleaded not guilty Tuesday to war crimes charges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague. Bralo faces nine counts of grave breaches of the Geneva conventions and 12 counts of violating the laws and customs of war for the murder, rape and torture of civilians. ICTY prosecutors say Bralo belonged to a special Bosnian Croat force known as the Jokers that attacked Muslim villages in central Bosnia during the 1993 conflict and subsequently imprisoned and tortured civilians. Bralo's indictment (in French) was made public in October; an ICTY press release in English is here. The ICTY has background on the case and Reuters has more.

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