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Ex-Yugoslav army chief returns home to Serbia after being acquittal by UN war crimes court

A former chief of the Yugoslav National Army says he hopes a U.N. court's decision to overturn his conviction on war crimes charges will help clear his country's image internationally.

In a stunning reversal Thursday, U.N. appeals judges at The Hague, Netherlands, acquitted Gen. Momcilo Perisic of aiding and abetting atrocities by rebel Serbs, including the Srebrenica massacre, by providing them with military aid during the Balkan wars.

The former close ally of ex-Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic had been sentenced to 27 years in 2011, after being convicted of crimes including murder, inhumane acts and persecution.

On Friday, Perisic returned home in a government plane and spoke to the media at the VIP lounge of the airport in Belgrade, but no top officials showed up to greet him.