Bosnian Muslim army chief to face war crimes tribunal

Bosnian Muslim army chief to face war crimes tribunal

[JURIST] General Rasim Delic [BBC report], who headed the Bosnian Muslim army during most of the Bosnian civil war that spanned the 1990s, left Sarajevo for the Hague Monday to surrender to the UN tribunal and face trial for war crimes. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] released an indictment [text] last week charging Delic with failing to prevent the murders of several dozen Bosnian Serb and Croat prisoners of war at the hands of foreign mujahedin, or Islamic holy warriors, who fought under his command as the El Mujahed unit. Some of the prisoners, who died between 1993 and 1995, were decapitated. Delic received a warm send-off from Sarajevo airport: Bosnian Prime Minister Adnan Terzic and several hundred former soldiers came to see him off. Addressing the crowd before boarding the plane, Delic said, "Don't worry. Justice will win." He has previously stated that he does not feel responsible for the deaths of the prisoners because there were three levels of command between him and the El Mujahed unit. AFP has more.