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Bosnian leader was suspected of war crimes

Prosecutors in The Hague said yesterday that the former Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic was under investigation for war crimes, just as he was about to be buried in Sarajevo. The announcement came hours before more than 100,000 people braved driving rain for the funeral of Mr Izetbegovic, 78, described by Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, the international community’s high representative to Bosnia, as “the father of his people”. At the United Nations tribunal on the former Yugo-slavia, Florence Hartmann, spokeswoman for the chief prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, saidMr Izetbegovic was “a suspect and under investigation”. But the inquiries were halted when he died on Sunday. No details were given about what crimes Mr Izetbegovic was suspected of, and the prosecutor had not amassed enough evidence in his lifetime to issue an indictment. Full Story

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