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Cheering crowd greets release of Bosnian war criminal Fikret Abdic

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A crowd holds a statue of Fikret Abdic during his welcome ceremony in front of the prison in Pula, Croatia on March 9, 2012. Abdic, a former Bosnian warlord who fought fellow Muslims during his country's 1992-95 war, was released from prison on Friday after serving two-thirds of his war crimes sentence.

A former Bosnian warlord who fought fellow Muslims during his country's 1992-95 war was released from prison on Friday after serving two-thirds of his war crimes sentence, The Associated Press reports.

Fikret Abdic, once one of the richest men in Bosnia and a popular politician, was convicted in 2003 for participating in the detention and killing of fellow Muslims during the war. About 3,000 cheering followers gathered to welcome his release. Read the full story.

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Fikret Abdic, center, greets his family members upon his release from prison on March 9, 2012.