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Mile Novaković

Mile Novaković
Nickname(s)Pauk[1]
Born(1950-04-29)29 April 1950
Kirin, FPR Yugoslavia
Died14 September 2015(2015-09-14) (aged 65)
Surduk, Serbia
RankMajor General (SVK)
Major General (VJ)[2]

Mile Novaković (Serbian Cyrillic: Миле Новаковић; 29 April 1950 – 14 September 2015) was a major general active in the military of Serbian Krajina and in the Federal Yugoslav Army, during and after the Croatian War of Independence. [3]

He was tried in absentia by a Croatian court in 1995 for war crimes, being sentenced to 20 years in jail. In 2003, another Yugoslav Army official was apprehended by Macedonian officials citing an Interpol warrant, as he tried to cross into the country.[4] This man was released after the mistaken identity was discovered.[5] The real Novaković remained at large in Serbia.

In 2010, Novaković testified at the trial of Momčilo Perišić at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.[6] Perišić had previously promoted Novaković to the rank of Major-General in the Federal Yugoslav Army in 1993. Perišić was acquitted upon appeal of all charges on 28 February 2013.[7]

Death

Novaković suffered a heart attack on 14 September 2015 and died in the ambulance that was driving him from Surduk (where he lived) to the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade.[8]

References

  1. ^ A rebellion under JNA patronage
  2. ^ ICTY: Momcilo Perisic - Indictment
  3. ^ Mile Novaković profile, Croatian Ministry of the Interior website]; accessed 3 October 2015.(in Croatian)
  4. ^ Uhapšen potpukovnik Mile Novaković
  5. ^ Mile Novaković pušten iz pritvora; accessed 3 October 2015.(in Serbian)
  6. ^ Profile[permanent dead link], sense-agency.com; accessed 3 October 2015.
  7. ^ Momčilo Perišić ICTY indictment, icty.org; accessed 3 October 2015.
  8. ^ Death of Mile Novaković, novosti.rs; accessed 3 October 2015.(in Serbian)
Military offices
New title
Dissolution of Yugoslavia
Commander of the Army of the Republic of Serbian Krajina
1992–1994
Succeeded by
Milan Čeleketić