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General is guilty of war crimes

May 31, 2008|From Times wire reports

A retired Croatian general was convicted of war crimes for failing to stop his soldiers from torturing and killing Serbs and setting fire to homes.

Retired Gen. Mirko Norac condoned crimes committed by those under his command, Zagreb district judge Marin Mrcela ruled. He sentenced Norac to seven years in prison.

The judge acquitted another retired general, Rahim Ademi.

Norac and Ademi are the highest-ranking officers to be tried by the local court on war crimes charges stemming from the 1991-95 conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. Each said throughout the yearlong trial that the other had been in charge.

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