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Former Bosnian Croat soldier changes war crimes plea to guilty

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Croat soldier Miroslav Bralo, on trial for war crime charges [ICTY backgrounder] at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] at The Hague, changed his plea from not guilty [JURIST report] to guilty on Tuesday. Bralo, also known as Cicko, had been charged in the original indictment [text] with nine counts of breaches of the Geneva conventions and 12 counts of violations of laws and customs of war for such crimes as the murder, rape, and torture of Muslims during the 1993 Muslim-Croat war in Bosnia. A plea agreement [PDF] led to an amended indictment, subjecting Bralo to an additional charge of persecution for his involvement in a massacre which killed more than 100 Muslims in April 1993. Reuters has more.

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