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Military Court Sentences Two Serbs

March 29, 1995

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) _ A military court has convicted two Serbs on charges of subversion and sentenced them to eight years in prison, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Mirko Kurbalija, 48, and Rajko Peric, 50, were found guilty Tuesday of committing ``subversive-terrorist actions against Croatia,″ the Slobodna Dalmacija newspaper quoted a court statement as saying.

The trial took place in the coastal town of Split after the men were arrested Feb. 9 in Karalici, about 25 to the northwest.

The newspaper said the men were accused of being soldiers of Serb rebel forces trying to overthrow the Croatian government and promoted the ``secession of all Serb-populated Croatian territories.″

Croatian authorities have sentenced more than 100 Serbs accused of participating in the rebellion, most of them in absentia.

Serbs captured about one-third of Croatia during a six-month war in 1991, after Croatia declared independence from Serb-dominated Yugoslavia. More than 10,000 people were killed in the fighting.

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