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Kenyans release Mladic mix-up man


The Kenyan police have released a man they wrongly detained on suspicion of being the alleged Bosnian Serb war criminal, Ratko Mladic.

The man was identified instead as a Croat, Igor Majeski, who works at the tourist resort of Mombasa.

Mr Majeski's mother told reporters that he was coping with health problems and also facing a bad tourist season.

She said the last thing he needed, in the circumstances, was to be falsely branded as a war criminal.

Officials at the international police organisation, Interpol, have confirmed that Igor Majeski's fingerprints did not match those of Ratko Mladic, the former commander of Bosnian Serb military forces who is being sought by a UN tribunal on charges of genocide and other crimes against humanity.

In particular, General Mladic is accused of leading the massacre of several thousand Muslim men at Srebrenica in 1995.

General Mladic's capture is a key requirement of the European Union for closer ties with Serbia.

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