Monday, November 19, 2012

U.S. accepts Gotovina, Markac verdict

WASHINGTON - The United States accepts Friday's decision of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Appeals Chamber to acquit Croatian generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac, Tanjug was told in the U.S. Department of State.

An official of the Department of State told Tanjug correspondent that they are familiar with the verdict, and shortly added that the U.S. fully supports the ICTY and its Friday's ruling. The official did not want to comment on the impact of the verdict on the reconciliation process in the region, exiled Serbs and families of victims of Operation Storm. 

 The Hague Tribunal acquitted Friday Croatian Generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac of a joint criminal enterprise in the Croatian Operation Storm in August 1995. According to the first instance verdict delivered on April 15, 2011, Gotovina and Markac were sentenced to 24 and 18 years respectively.

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