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The Hague, 21 February 2001
Statement by the Prosecutor concerning the Croatian judiciary's investigation of General Mirko Norac.
The Prosecutor has taken note of the recent opening of a criminal investigation by the Croatian judiciary against former general Mirko Norac for alleged crimes committed in Gospic Croatia in 1991.
In view of the fact that no indictment had been issued against Mr. Norac, and based on Rule 9 of the Tribunal’s Rules of Procedure and Evidence, the Prosecutor has decided not to seek deferral of the case to the ICTY.
The prosecution of Mirko Norac - for the events which occurred in Gospic in 1991 and for any other alleged crime committed between 1991 and 1995 on the territory of the Republic of Croatia - is thus the responsibility of the relevant judicial authorities of Croatia.
Within the limits of her power, the Prosecutor will assist the investigating and prosecuting bodies in Croatia by providing all useful evidence she may possess in relation with Mr. Norac.
The Prosecutor expresses her satisfaction about this further positive development of cooperation between her Office and the Government of Croatia.
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