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Croatian General Wants off OFAC List

WASHINGTON (CN) - A Croatian Army lieutenant general who was convicted, then acquitted of war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia sued the United States to try to get off the Specially Designated Nationals list.

Ante Gotovina sued the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control and two top Treasury officers, in Federal Court.

Gotovina claims that his "continued status as a Specially Designated National, which subjects him to economic sanctions, is unlawful and has caused and continues to cause him severe harm."

Gotovina, 58, was charged in 2001 with war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

He was accused of aiding and abetting the murders of 324 Serbian civilians and prisoners of war, and forcibly displacing almost 90,000 Serbian civilians.

After 4 years in hiding he was captured in the Canary Islands in 2005, and was convicted on eight of nine counts and sentenced to 24 years. An appeals panel at the ICTY overturned the conviction by 3-2 vote in November 2012, and set him free.

Some Serbians consider him a hero.

He claims the U.S. Treasury's OFAC has not responded to his requests to be taken off the list.

He wants to be taken off the list, plus attorney's fees.

He is represented by Andrew Zimmitti with Patton Boggs.

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