UN court acquits two Croatian officials of war crimes

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Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač

Two Croatian officials have been acquitted of crimes against humanity and war crimes related to the Yugoslavia war in the 1990s.

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Friday ordered the release of Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač.

Donn Bobb reports.

Mr. Gotovina, a Colonel General of the Croatian Army during the war in the 1990's, was sentenced to 24 years of imprisonment in April last year.

Mr. Markač the Assistant Minister of the Interior and Operations Commander of the Special Police in Croatia in 1995 received a sentence of 18 years. The Appeals Chamber found that the Prosecutor made mistakes in convicting and sentencing the two Croatian officials of crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The majority of the judges also declined to convict the two men on the basis of alternate modes of liability.

It ordered their immediate release.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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