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Retired Serb general arrested by Bosnia police for 1995 war crimes

[JURIST] Bosnian police Wednesday arrested retired Serbian General Novack Djukic [press release, in Bosnian] for alleged involvement in a 1995 war crime in which the Republika Srpska Army [UN backgrounder] fired a single artillery shell into the central square of the town of Tuzla. Seventy-one people died as a result of the blast, most between the ages of 18 and 25. The youngest victim was only three years old.

Bosnian prosecutors [official website] will try Djukic in Bosnia's own War Crimes Chamber [HRW backgrounder] in the Court of Bosnia & Herzegovina [official website]. The War Crimes Chamber was set up to alleviate the caseload of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website], and will continue to hear cases as the ICTY winds down in 2010. Reuters has more. B92 has local coverage.

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