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Monday, 26 February, 2001, 03:33 GMT
First Bosnia war crimes political verdicts

The United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague delivers its first judgment on a leading Balkan politician today .

The tribunal will rule in the case against Dario Kordic, a former Bosnian Croat political leader, and a former military commander, Mario Cerkez.

Prosecutors say that Mr Kordic was the most powerful political figure in the region in the early nineties.

He is accused, along with Mr Cerkez, of stirring up ethnic hatred and detaining and killing Muslims. In one incident, Bosnian Croats are said to have run amok through a village, Ahmici, murdering more than a-hundred people before burning their homes. Prosecutors are demanding life sentences for both men.

Defence lawyers say they should be acquitted because they were not in control of events.

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