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Officials in Bosnia condemn political violence

June 24, 2014

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — An academic who criticized the Bosnian Croat leadership is recovering from a brutal beating which he says was politically motivated.

Professor Slavo Kukic was beaten with a baseball bat Monday in the southern city of Mostar. Kukic, a Bosnian Croat, said in a television interview that he was attacked for criticizing the Bosnian Croat leadership for welcoming war criminal Dario Kordic as a hero.

Kordic was released after having served two-thirds of his 25-year sentence. A U.N. court found him guilty of killing 116 Muslims in central Bosnia during the 1992-95 war.

U.S., European and many local officials joined Tuesday in demanding that police promptly find the perpetrator.

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