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Tribunal Disappointed at Indictee's Release

TU No 452, 12-May-06
By IWPR
We are disappointed about the release of Dragan Zelenovic,” said Christian Chartier, speaking to journalists at a weekly press briefing.



He added that the court had only heard about the release through media reports and had not been formally notified.



According to Russian news agency ITAR-TASS, Zelenovic was released on bail at the weekend. A former military policeman, he has been charged with multiple counts of crimes against humanity and violations of laws or customs of war committed in the town of Foca, south-eastern Bosnia.



He was detained by the authorities of the Russian Federation in western Siberia in August 2005. An amended 2001 indictment charged Zelenovic and fellow military policeman Gojko Jankovic with 14 counts each of crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war.



Tribunal insiders say that Russia has delayed the transfer of the accused following the death in custody of former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic.