Former Bosnian Serb interior minister pleads not guilty to war crimes

Former Bosnian Serb interior minister pleads not guilty to war crimes

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb interior minister Mica Stanisic pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, torture and deportation on Thursday to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official site] at The Hague. Stanisic faces seven counts of crimes against humanity and three violations of the laws of war [ICTY indictment text; press release] stemming from crimes that were allegedly committed as part of an ethnic cleansing campaign by his security services to drive out Bosnian Muslims, Croats and other non-Serbs. Stanisic, a close aide of still at-large wartime leader Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile], turned himself over to the tribunal last week. Reuters has more.