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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 July, 2003, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
Serb suspect denies massacre role
Sljivancanin
Former colonel Veselin Sljivancanin faces six charges
A former Yugoslav army officer charged with taking part in a massacre in Croatia in 1991 has pleaded not guilty at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

Former colonel Veselin Sljivancanin, one of the so-called "Vukovar Three", was charged with responsibility for the notorious massacre by Serb forces of at least 200 men and women near the Croatian town of Vukovar.

The victims are reported to have been taken from a hospital after it fell to Yugoslav troops.

It is alleged that they were then taken to a nearby pig farm, executed and buried in a mass grave.

Mr Sljivancanin and his co-accused Captain Miroslav Radic and General Mile Mrksic allegedly supervised the execution and burial.

On Thursday Mr Sljivancanin pleaded not guilty to four counts of war crimes and two of crimes against humanity.

"The indictment I read is full of errors related to myself, therefore I wish to enter a plea of not guilty," he told the UN court.

Detained

The massacre took place during Croatia's independence war between 1991 and 1995.

Mr Radic and Mr Mrksic also are in detention in The Hague awaiting trial.

Both pleaded not guilty to the charges against them in May.

Mr Sljivancanin, who had been on the run from the tribunal since 1995, was eventually arrested by security forces in Belgrade in June after a 10-hour stand-off between police and his die-hard supporters.




SEE ALSO:
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Most wanted: The 'Vukovar Three'
19 Apr 02  |  Europe
At a glance: Hague tribunal
20 Feb 03  |  Europe


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