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Briefly Noted

(TU No 351, 05-Apr-04)

The two most prominent indictees are Jadranko Prlic, former leader of the self-declared Bosnian Croat state of Herceg-Bosna, and Bruno Stojic, its former minister of defense. The others are Slobodan Praljak, Milivoj Petkovic, Valentin Coric, and Berislav Pusic.

The six are accused of 26 counts of crimes against humanity, violations of the Geneva Conventions and violations of the laws and customs of war.

The Hague tribunal unsealed four of the indictments on April 2 and two on April 5.

In a separate development, Ivan Cermak and Mladen Markac, two Croatian generals accused of crimes during Operation Storm, asked to be released while they await trial, according to the SENSE news agency.

Although the Croatian government presented guarantees that the two would not disappear or intimidate witnesses, the chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte expressed reservations about the request.

The decision is still pending.

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