October 19, 2009 / 6:47 PM / 10 years ago

Croatia arrests seven people for war crimes-media

ZAGREB, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Croatia arrested seven people on Monday on suspicion of committing war crimes in neighbouring Bosnia in 1995, a state prosecution spokeswoman told state radio.

Police and state prosecution office confirmed the arrests, but declined to give an exact number of those involved or to provide any other details.

The radio said seven former members of the Croatian military were arrested over the killing of five Serb prisoners of war in the Bosnian village of Mliniste in 1995 during an operation by Croat and Muslim forces against Bosnian Serbs.

Under an agreement between the Croatian and Bosnian governments, the Croatian army fought alongside Bosnian troops against Bosnian Serbs forces in the summer of 1995.

Belgrade-backed Serbs in Croatia and Bosnia fought against the internationally recognised governments in Zagreb and Sarajevo during a 1992-95 conflict, which ended with the Dayton peace accords signed in late 1995.

European Union candidate member Croatia, which hopes to wrap up accession talks next year, is under pressure from Brussels to cooperate over war crimes investigations. (Reporting by Igor Ilic; Editing by Jon Boyle)



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