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Former Bosnian army chief cleared of war crimes charges

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Army commander Sefer Halilovic [ICTY case backgrounder] was acquitted Wednesday by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] on war crimes charges [indictment]. The ICTY ruled that court prosecutors did not prove that Halilovic, the most senior Bosnian Muslim commander to face trial at the tribunal, was in charge of troops that killed 62 Croat civilians in 1993 during an operation by Muslim forces to retake territory in an effort to end the blockade of the city of Mostar. The ICTY ordered that Halilovic be released from custody immediately. Read the tribunal's 309-page judgment [PDF text] and press release. BBC News has more.

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