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Bosnia court indicts ex-justice minister on war crimes charges

[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [HRW backgrounder] on Monday added war crimes to the charges against Momcilo Mandic, the former Bosnian Serb justice minister in the wartime government under Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Mandic has been charged [press release] under Article 173 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina [DOC text] and crimes against humanity pursuant to Article 172. Mandic already faced charges of embezzlement and fraud in connection with his efforts to offer Karadzic financial support while in hiding, but the court added war crimes because Mandic managed the correctional facilities in the Serb-controlled area of Bosnia, which allegedly illegally imprisoned many non-Serbs. Officials arrested Mandic last August [JURIST report].

Karadzic and former army chief Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive] are wanted by the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] for alleged crimes committed during Bosnia's 1992-95 war, including organizing the 1995 slaughter of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica [JURIST news archive]. AP has more.

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