Eight Croatian Serb prisoners on solidarity hunger strike

ZAGREB, Apr 26, 2000 -- (AFP) A group of eight Croatian Serb prisoners, among them five war crimes indictees, has begun a hunger strike in support of a group of 27 ethnic-Serb prisoners on hunger strike for the past week, HINA news agency reported Tuesday.

The eight, in a jail in the eastern Croatian town of Osijek, some 280 kilometers (175 miles) east of Zagreb, began their strike Monday in a show of solidarity with the group of 27 in the prison of Lepoglava.

The 27 hunger strikers are protesting notably against the alleged misapplication of an amnesty law.

Croatia in 1996 passed an amnesty law for those who participated in the 1991-95 Serbo-Croatian war, except those who committed war crimes.

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