Hague Court Overturns Conviction of Two Croatian Generals

Sentenced for war crimes against Serbians in the '90s


A United Nations appeals court in The Hague on Friday unexpectedly overturned the war crimes convictions of two Croatian generals who led a 1995 campaign that helped end the wars involving Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia but also left several hundred Serbian civilians dead and drove more than 150,000 from their homes.

The ruling was the most dramatic reversal in the 19-year history of the war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. It led to jubilation in Croatia and anger and disbelief in Serbia, which has long accused the court of being anti-Serb.