Monday, March 14, 2005

Tribunal Indicts Ex-Macedonian Minister

Macedonia's former interior minister has been indicted for war crimes by the U.N. tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the government said Monday.

Investigators from the tribunal at The Hague, Netherlands, reportedly questioned the former minister, Ljube Boskovski, last year about the killing of 10 people during a 2001 conflict between the government and rebels from Macedonia's ethnic Albanian minority.

Macedonia's justice ministry said state security official Johan Tarculovski was also indicted by the tribunal in connection with the same incident.

Details of the indictments were not immediately known. Jim Landale of the U.N. tribunal's registry said the court would not comment.

If confirmed, they would be Macedonia's first indictments by the tribunal, which is responsible for prosecuting people suspected of committing abuses during the Balkan wars. The wars began with the disintegration of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Boskovski is in jail in Croatia, where authorities arrested him last May for allegedly ordering the killing of seven illegal immigrants from Pakistan and India in 2001 in a bid to appear active in the U.S.-led war on terrorism. He has denied both allegations.

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