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Former Bosnia general surrenders
General Delic (second from left)
Former general Delic is ready to face the charges against him
The former commander of the Bosnian Muslim army is to hand himself in to a UN war crimes court in The Hague.

Rasim Delic, 56, has been indicted over war crimes against ethnic Serbs committed by foreign Islamic fighters under his command in the 1992-95 war.

The unit, called El Mujaheed, consisted of fighters from Islamic countries and fought with the Bosnian army for the independence of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Gen Delic announced he would travel to the Netherlands on Monday.

He said he had decided to surrender immediately after learning he had been indicted of command responsibility for alleged war crimes by the court.

The man he succeeded in 1993, former Bosnian Army Cdr Sefer Halilovic, is already on trial in The Hague.

He is charged with the massacre of 62 Bosnian Croat civilians in 1993.

The war in Bosnia started when the country proclaimed its independence from Yugoslavia.

The two generals are the highest-ranking Bosnian Muslims to go on trial in The Hague's International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which prosecutes war crimes committed by all sides in the 1990s.




SEE ALSO:
Bosnia: The legacy of war
15 Nov 00 |  Europe
Country profile: Bosnia-Herzegovina
15 Jan 03 |  Country profiles


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