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ICTY sets trial of former Croatian generals for March

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] said Wednesday that the trial of former Croatian general Ante Gotovina [ICTY case backgrounder, PDF; BBC profile] and two other military commanders will begin March 11. Gotovina and commanders Ivan Cermak and Mladen Markac were indicted [PDF text] in 2001 for alleged crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war stemming from their roles in the Balkan wars.

Gotovina was arrested [JURIST report] in Spain's Canary Islands in 2005. He is charged in connection with the killing of Croatian Serb civilians during the Balkan wars in the 1990s, including failing to prevent the murder of 150 people in Krajina during Operation Storm [BBC report] in 1995. The offensive forced about 150,000 Serbs from their homes. Reuters has more.

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