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Retired Bosnian Serb general charged with war crimes for Tuzla shelling

[JURIST] Retired Bosnian Serb general Novack Djukic was indicted [press release] Friday by the War Crimes Chamber [HRW backgrounder] of the Court of Bosnia & Herzegovina [official website] for allegedly ordering a 1995 attack on the town of Tuzla in which 71 people were killed. Djukic, who commanded the Bosnian Serb army in the Tuzla region during the Bosnian war [JURIST news archive], was arrested [JURIST report] in November for his involvement in an incident where the Republika Srpska Army [backgrounder] fired a single artillery shell into the central square of the town. Most of those who died in the subsequent explosion were between the ages of 18 and 25. The youngest victim was only three years old.

The War Crimes Chamber was set up to alleviate the caseload of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website], and will continue to hear cases as the ICTY winds down in 2010. Reuters has more.

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