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Ljubicic Case Referred to Sarajevo

TU No 448, 13-Apr-06
By IWPR
Ljubicic, who voluntarily surrendered to the Croatian authorities and was transferred to The Hague in 2001, is charged with war crimes said to have been committed during attacks on towns and villages in central Bosnia in 1993.



During some such assaults, the indictment states that Ljubicic "conveyed orders to his subordinates that all Bosnian Muslims of military age should be killed, the civilians expelled and Bosnian Muslim property destroyed".



In one attack on the village of Ahmici, more than 100 Bosnian Muslims were killed, many were more detained and abused, and property was destroyed, the indictment says.



The transfer of low- and mid-level war crimes cases to judicial systems in the Balkans is part of the Hague tribunal's completion strategy, according to which the court is due to wind up its work over the next few years.



This decision regarding the transferral of Ljubicic's case to Bosnia remains open to appeal.