Croatia arrests ex-minister for 1945 war crimes

November 2, 2011 22:38


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ZAGREB - Croatian police arrested former Interior Minister Josip Boljkovac on Wednesday and accused the 90-year-old of ordering the execution of 21 prisoners at the end of World War Two.

The arrest is the first move against former senior officials of the 1945-1990 communist regime since Croatia declared independence from socialist Yugoslavia.

Police spokesman Krunoslav Borovec confirmed the arrest and charges against Boljkovac who turns 91 this month and remains in detention.

Conservative and right-wing parties welcomed the arrest, carried out by special police wearing balaclavas, saying all war crimes must be investigated.

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