11/16/2012 03:56 am ET Updated Jan 15, 2013

War Crimes Sentences Overturned: Hague Tribunal Acquits Croatian Officers Convicted Of Committing Atrocities During Balkan Wars

AMSTERDAM, Nov 16 (Reuters) - An appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of the most senior Croatian military officer charged with crimes during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

The court ordered the immediate release of Ante Gotovina, who was commander in the Split district of the Croatian army, who had been sentenced to 24 years in prison, and of Mladen Markac, a Croatian police commander, overturning his 18-year sentence. (Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Alison Williams)