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Refugees criticise Gotovina sentence

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Refugees criticise Gotovina sentence


For dozens of refugees from Croatia, the camp at Smederovo has been home since they were expelled from the country.

Here the verdict on Gotovina was also closely followed but for entirely different reasons. Many feel the former general got off lightly.

“Grenades were falling all around our houses but we didn’t think to leave until the last minute. Those who didn’t are dead now and nobody knows where their graves are. All were slaughtered,” said one woman.

“We had a flat. We owned 75 percent of it but we recently learned that we don’t have any rights to it. We’ve now no money, no pension, no anything,” said another refugee.

Others here, however, believe the sentences handed down could be the first step towards reconciliation.

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