Top Bosnian Muslim surrenders to tribunal

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The Independent Online

The most high-ranking Bosnian Muslim army office indicted by the UN War Crimes Tribunal flew to The Hague voluntarily yesterday to face accusations that he failed to prevent the death of 33 people.

General Sefer Halilovic, who is a minister in today's Muslim-Croat federation, was charged over the the murder of a group of Bosnian Croat civilians in the village of Grabovica in 1993. General Halilovic has denied the charges, saying they are a violation of the laws and customs of war.

The prosecutor claims he "did not take effective measures to prevent killings of civilians in Grabovica and did not carry out a proper investigation to identify the perpetrators".

Bosnia's Muslims and Croats began the war in 1992 as allies, fought each other in 1993 but were federated in 1994.