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ICTY takes custody of accused Croatian war criminal

[JURIST] Retired Croatian general Ante Gotovina [BBC profile; ICTY case backgrounder], has been transferred to the detention facility of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Saturday following his arrest [JURIST report] in Spain Wednesday. According to the ICTY [text], Gotovina is charged with " persecutions, murder, plunder of property, wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages, deportation and forced displacement, and other inhumane acts," committed by Croatian soldiers under his command during the 1995 Operation Storm offensive [Wikipedia backgrounder] against Serbians in southern Croatia. His indictment [text] charges him with failing to prevent the murder of 150 Serbian citizens, alleges that he encouraged Croatian civillians to participate in looting Serbian homes, and that "the accused had a duty to restore and ensure public order and safety and he failed to fulfil this duty." Gotovina's initial court appearance is scheduled for Monday. Reuters has more.

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