Babic, an insider in the regime of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive], was convicted in 2004 of ethnic cleansing during the Balkan wars and was serving a 13 year sentence [JURIST report]. He was a key witness in Milosevic's still-ongoing trial, testifying in 2002. He was expected to testify in several other war crimes cases at The Hague and his suicide is a major setback for the prosecution. An ICTY judge has been appointed to conduct an internal inquiry into Babic's suicide. AP has more.
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