Thursday, April 14, 2005

UN War Crimes Crt Orders Release Of 4 Serbs Pending Trial

THE HAGUE (AP)--Judges at the U.N. war crimes tribunal on Thursday ordered four high-ranking Serbian suspects released pending their trials.

Among those to be released is Vladimir Lazarevic, a former Serb general suspected of crimes in Kosovo in 1999. His release will be seen as an important victory for the conservative Serbian government, which had encouraged him to surrender in February against popular opinion.

Judges also ordered the release of Milan Milutinovic, a former Serbian president under Slobodan Milosevic's regime, and two of his co-defendants: Nikola Sainovic and Dragoljub Ojdanic.

But prosecutors asked for a temporary stay of their release, and judges agreed.

The three are also charged for alleged crimes in Kosovo. [ 14-04-05 1322GMT ]

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