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UPDATED: 08:27, March 21, 2006
Body of former Croatian Serb leader flown to Belgrade
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The body of former Serb leader in Croatia Milan Babic was flown to Belgrade Monday afternoon on a flight from Amsterdam.

The body of Babic, who committed suicide on March 5 at the detention unit of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), was claimed at the Belgrade airport by about a dozen family members and friends.

Babic would be buried in a private funeral ceremony on Tuesday in Belgrade at the request of his family, the official Tanjug news agency reported.

Babic, 50, former president of the self-declared Krajina Serb republic in Croatia, pleaded guilty in his own trial in 2004 and was sentenced to 13 years for crimes against non-Serbs in Krajina.

Babic was in the ICTY detention unit as he was a witness in the trial of Milan Martic, another Croatian Serb leader charged with crimes against non-Serb civilians. Investigation showed that Babic had committed suicide and the Dutch authorities were informed of the findings.

Source: Xinhua

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