War crimes trials to take place in Croatia?

Apr 20, 2000 -- (RFE/RL) Forensics experts from the Hague-based war crimes tribunal discovered an unspecified quantity of human bones at a suspected mass grave at Obradovic Varos near Gospic, RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported on 18 April.

Deputy Justice Minister Ranko Marijan suggested that suspects might eventually be tried in Croatia rather than in The Netherlands.

He added: "Under our constitutional law, the [Hague-based] tribunal should have jurisdiction, but given the recent talks between the government and the chief prosecutor, [Carla Del Ponte,] it is not unlikely that the war crimes cases will be tried in Croatia," Reuters reported.

"It is in the vital interest of Croatia and its citizens that the suspects stand trial here," Marijan added. If any trials do take place in Croatia, it would be the first time that the tribunal has agreed to hold trials outside The Netherlands.

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