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Serbian war crimes suspect Seselj operated for colon cancer

Serbia's ultra-nationalist party leader Vojislav Seselj, who is being tried by a UN court for suspected war crimes, on Thursday underwent surgery to remove a tumour from his colon, his party said. "He is recovering in a hospital" in the Netherlands, Serbian Radical Party deputy (SRS) leader Milorad Mircic told journalists without giving further details. Seselj, who is 59, has been detained since February 2003. His party announced last year that he underwent heart surgery.

ICTY president says tribunal doing its job

SARAJEVO, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has exceeded expectations since its establishment 20 years ago, said ICTY President Theodor Meron here on Wednesday. Meron, who attended a conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of establishment of ICTY, said the tribunal established some key precedents in area of international criminal and humanitarian law with some of its verdicts. He noted, however, that the tribunal's mandate is pretty limited.

Two Croatian Serbs sentenced for rape during 1990s war

A Croatian court on Wednesday convicted two former Serb paramilitaries and sent them to prison for 12 years each for raping a woman in the early days of the 1990s war. In August 1991, Ljubinko Radosevic ordered Vojislav Grcic and two other paramilitaries to rape the 20-year old woman in front of her parents and two siblings, aged just 13 and 10, the written verdict issued by a court in the eastern town of Osijek, revealed.

Yugsolav war crimes court removes judge over 'bias'

The UN's Yugoslav war crimes court has for the first time removed a judge from a trial, because a leaked letter he wrote appeared to show he was biased, it said Thursday. The shock removal of Danish judge Frederik Harhoff from the trial of Serbian ultra nationalist Vojislav Seselj came after his deeply controversial letter was leaked to the media in June. "The Chamber found... that Judge Frederik Harhoff had demonstrated an unacceptable appearance of bias in favour of conviction," the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said on Thursday.

Yugoslav war crimes court removes judge over 'bias'

The UN's Yugoslav war crimes court has for the first time removed a judge from a trial, because a leaked letter he wrote appeared to show he was biased, it said Thursday. The shock removal of Danish judge Frederik Harhoff from the trial of Serbian ultra nationalist Vojislav Seselj came after his deeply controversial letter was leaked to the media in June. "The Chamber found... that Judge Frederik Harhoff had demonstrated an unacceptable appearance of bias in favour of conviction," the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said on Thursday.

On eve of EU entry, Croatian flashpoint town Vukovar still divided

With just days to go before Croatia joins the European Union, Vukovar -- the flashpoint city of the bitter 1990s Balkans war that pit Croats against Serbs -- remains deeply divided along ethnic lines. Brussels made reintegration of ethnic Serbs in Croatia a key condition of membership for the Balkan state, but the minority population and Croats are still leading separate lives in the eastern Croatian town. They are segregated not only in the kindergartens and schools they attend, but also at the restaurants they frequent.

UN prosecutor to appeal after Yugoslav acquittals attacked

The chief prosecutor at the UN Yugoslav war crimes court said Monday he shared victims' dismay at a raft of recent acquittals that have sparked an unprecedented storm of criticism and allegations of US interference. "I understand the disappointment felt by many, especially survivor communities following the series of recent acquittals," Serge Brammertz said in a statement. "My office shares that disappointment," Brammertz wrote.

WikiLeaks cables support criticism of ICTY judge

US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks appear to support claims by a Danish judge that the American head of the war crimes court for the former Yugoslavia furthered US administration aims to acquit senior suspects, a Danish newspaper said Tuesday. Judge Frederik Harhoff last week claimed in a letter sent to his colleagues and leaked in the Danish press that the president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Theodor Meron, had pressured judges to acquit leading Croatian and Serbian officers.

UN court acquits Milosevic's ex-intelligence chief

A UN tribunal on Thursday acquitted late Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic's intelligence chief and his deputy of running Bosnian death squads during ex-Yugoslavia's brutal 1990s conflict, saying they could not have known the units would commit such crimes. "The Chamber found that the prosecution had not proven beyond reasonable doubt that the accused planned or ordered the crimes charged in the indictment," Dutch judge Alphons Orie told the Yugoslav war crimes court, ordering their immediate release.

Serbia hails war crimes acquittal of ex-intelligence chief

Serbia hailed the UN war crimes tribunal's decision Thursday to acquit Serb ex-intelligence chief Jovica Stanisic and his deputy of running Bosnian death squads during the 1992-1995 war. "Serbia has always advocated fair trials to all those accused before the tribunal in The Hague as the only way to establish the truth about the war and make conditions for reconciliation, peace and stability in the region," Prime Minister Ivica Dacic told AFP. ks/txw
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