AFP, May 26, 2004
War crimes court indicts retired general
ZAGREB, Croatia The UN war crimes court said Tuesday that it had indicted a retired Croatian general for actions during the 1991-95 war of secession, including burning a woman alive.
The retired general, Mirko Norac, now 36, is already serving a 12-year prison sentence imposed by a local court in March last year for organizing the execution of at least 50 ethnic Serb civilians near the central Croatian town of Gospic in October 1991.
Local Serbs generally opposed the secession. Like other senior officers, Norac is regarded by many Croatians as a national hero, and the new indictment, announced in The Hague by a court spokeswoman, Florence Hartmann, will be a test of Croatia's relations with the UN Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.