Croat generals Gotovina and Markac cleared by Hague

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Two Croatian generals charged with atrocities against Serbs in the 1990s have had their convictions overturned by a war crimes court in The Hague.

Appeals judges at tribunal for the former Yugoslavia ordered the release of Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac.

In 2011 they were sentenced to 24 years and 18 years respectively over the killing of ethnic Serbs in an offensive to retake Croatia's Krajina region.

Author and Balkan commentator Tim Judah says the verdict suggests that there was "no conspiracy to commit war crimes".

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