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Vol. 5 Num 630 Tue. March 07, 2006  
   
International


Ex-Croatian Serb leader commits suicide in UN custody


Convicted war criminal Milan Babic has committed a suicide in a cell of the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague, where he was serving a 13-year sentence, the court's office in Zagreb said yesterday.

Babic, the wartime leader of Croatian Serbs, was jailed in 2004 for crimes against humanity committed during Croatia's 1991-1995 war.

"On Sunday March 5, Milan Babic ... was found dead in his cell at the United Nations detention unit in Scheveningen," the UN tribunal said in a statement obtained by AFP.

"The Dutch authorities were called immediately. After conducting an investigation, they confirmed that the cause of death was suicide," the statement said.