Bosnian Serb Army General
Djordje Djukic Dies of Cancer
BELGRADE, May 19 (Reuters) Bosnian Serb Army General Djordje Djukic, released by the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague last month because of ill health, died on Saturday at the Belgrade military medical academy. The BSA information department on Sunday issued a statement saying the general died after "being ill and exhausted by the trial in The Hague."
The Hague tribunal last month ordered Djkukic's immediate release because he was dying of cancer, but said war crimes charges against should remain in place. The ailing 62-year-old was allowed to return to his family in Belgrade. Djukic had terminal pancreatic cancer and Dutch medicalexperts had given him only weeks to live.
Djukic, a senior logistics officer in the Bosnian Serb army, was captured by Bosnian government forces on January 30 and later transferred to tribunal custody at Scheveningen jail near The Hague.
In March he pleaded not guilty to charges of assisting the shelling of civilians during the 43-month siege of Sarajevo.
The tribunal the first international body for the prosecution of war crimes since the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials in the 1940s has indicted 57 suspects. The two most prominent indicted suspects are Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and his military commander General Ratko Mladic, both of whom remain at large.
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