Xinhuanet, December 19, 2005
Former Yugoslav general Pavle Strugar released for surgery
BRUSSELS - Former Yugoslav general Pavle Strugar has been released from prison for four months to undergo hip replacement surgery, an international court said here on Monday.
"Pavle Strugar was released for a period of no longer than four months so that he could receive a total hip prosthesis," said a statement emailed to Xinhua by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
The ICTY said Strugar would receive the operation in the Clinical Center in Podgorica, Montenegro, and rehabilitation in the specialized rehabilitation center "Dr. Simo Milosevic" in Igalo, Montenegro.
Strugar, 72, was sentenced on Jan. 31 to eight years in prison following a trial for his involvement in the attack against the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia in 1991.
Strugar's provisional release, last Friday, is subject to specific terms and conditions, according to the ICTY.
After his treatment, the former general will have to return to serve out the remainder of his sentence in the Netherlands.