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Jubilation, recrimination as Hague appeal tribunal frees jailed Croatian officers
A man cries after the UN Yugoslav war crimes court acquitted former generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac of charges including war crimes during the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia and ordered them free, in Zagreb on Nov. 16, 2012.Hrvoje Polan / AFP - Getty Images
Reuters reports — The most senior Croatian military officer convicted of war crimes during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s was released after an appeal on Friday and Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said the "political decision" would open old wounds in the region.
Gotovina, hailed as a hero at home but reviled in neighboring Serbia, was freed along with Croatian police commander Mladen Markac. The two men are expected to fly home later on Friday.
Their acquittals were greeted with jubilation on the streets of the Croatian capital Zagreb but Serbia reacted with anger and dismay. Nikolic said the U.N. tribunal's decision had destroyed its neutrality. Read the full story.