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The Zagreb County Prosecutor's Office has issued an indictment against 10 Serbian citizens and a Croatian citizen who used to be Serb paramilitaries, for war crimes against 32 residents of the village of Novo Glinsko Selo in the region of Banovina in 1991.

The suspects committed war crimes by killing 32 residents of the village near the town of Glina, 55 kilometres south of Zagreb, in mid-October 1991. According to the police report, Serb paramilitaries first forced local inhabitants to come out of their homes and then separated the women and the men into two groups. The perpetrators pushed 17 women, of whom the oldest one was 83 and the youngest one was 15 years old, into a wooden cottage at which they launched rockets, killing the victims. The 15 male victims aged between 40 and 80 were executed at close range.

In mid-June this year, the Sisak police arrested a 73-year-old man in the village of Majska Poljana in connection with the Novo Selo Glinsko war crimes, and unofficial reports say it was Mile Paspalj, a man who used to be a member of Serb paramilitary and rebel troops. Paspalj is believed to have identified to Serb armed units the Croat villagers who were later executed.

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