Serbia court fines rights activist on war crimes allegations

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A prominent Serbian human rights activist has been ordered to pay 4,400 euros ($5,100) in compensation to the Serbian army chief of staff for publicly linking him to war crimes committed in Kosovo during the 1998-99 conflict.

The Humanitarian Law Center said Tuesday that its former head, Natasa Kandic, was fined for violating the honor and dignity of Gen. Ljubisa Dikovic by her allegations that his troops had committed atrocities against ethnic Albanian civilians in Kosovo.

Kandic had publicly demanded that Dikovic — a unit commander in Kosovo during the war — be replaced as Serbia's military chief.

Dikovic has rejected the allegations and Serbia's war crimes prosecutors have made no charges.

Kandic had no immediate reaction to the court's ruling.