A former Yugoslavian army officer has been found guilty of war crimes for his part in the massacre of hundreds of people in the Croatian town of Vukovar in 1991. Mile Mrksic was convicted of torture and murder, for his role in handing over Croat refugees to Serb paramilitaries. The UN war crimes tribunal in the Hague found a second officer, Veselin Sljivancanin, guilty of a charge of torture. He was given five years.
Prosecutors had accused the pair, and one other soldier, of being responsible for the killing of 264 people, and hiding their bodies in mass graves. The third soldier, Miroslav Radic, was cleared of all charges. All three accused were acquitted on charges of crimes against humanity.