Croatia lawmaker charged with war crimes Katerina Ossenova at 9:07 AM ET
[JURIST] A Croatian county court in Osijek issued indictments Monday for seven persons, including a former parliamentarian, on charges of war crimes committed against Serbs, including abduction, torture and murder, during Croatia's war of independence from the former Yugoslavia. Prosecutors charged opposition lawmaker and former member of the ruling party Branimir Glavas [official profile, in Croatian; Trial Watch profile] with ordering the killing of 10 Serb civilians in the eastern city of Osijek during the 1991 Serbo-Croat war. Glavas is the first state official to be charged such crimes; if convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison. The other six persons charged were members of a paramilitary unit allegedly formed by Glavas in Osijek [backgrounder] in 1991. Glavas has maintained his innocence and even staged a 40-day hunger strike last year when he was detained [JURIST report] when the investigation initially opened. He also faces another war crimes investigation in Zagreb for the murder of two Serbs in a separate incident in Osijek.
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