Croatian war veteran Veljko Maric, who is serving in Croatia the remainder of his war crimes sentence handed down by a Serbian court, was granted a provisional release on Monday on health grounds.
The public broadcaster HRT quoted his wife as saying that Maric had been released to undergo medical treatment and should be back in his cell in Glina Prison in three months.
A Serbian court found Maric guilty of war crimes against civilians, namely the murder of the civilian Petar Slijepcevic in Grubisno Polje, about 100 kilometres east of Zagreb, in October 1991, and sentenced him to 12 years in prison. The sentence was upheld on appeal in March 2012 and he was committed to prison in Sremska Mitrovica. He was extradited to Croatia in June 2015 after repeated requests.