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UN court frees Yugoslav general

War crimes verdict voided

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — In a stunning reversal, UN appeals judges on Thursday acquitted the former chief of the Yugoslav National Army of aiding and abetting atrocities by rebel Serbs, including the Srebrenica massacre, by providing them with military aid during the Balkan wars.

General Momcilo Perisic, a former close ally of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, had been sentenced to 27 years in 2011 after being convicted of crimes including murder, inhumane acts, and persecution. The judges ordered him freed immediately.

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