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Monday, 19 February, 2001, 17:21 GMT
Thousands defend Croatia's rule of law

An estimated fifteen thousand people have been attending a rally in Croatia's capital, Zagreb, to support moves to arrest suspected war criminals from the conflict in former Yugoslavia.

The rally was called by human rights groups following a series of right-wing protests sweeping the country, sparked by a local arrest warrant served on a retired general, Mirko Norac.

He's suspected of war crimes against ethnic Serb civilians, and has been on the run since the arrest warrant was issued on earlier this month February 7.

The General is the first high-ranking Croatian officer to face a war crimes investigation and is believed by many to be a war hero.

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