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Former Bosnia Serb Leader Freed

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In 2003 former Bosnian Serb political leader Biljana Plavsic, 79, pled guilty to her role in ethnic cleansing in Serb-controlled Bosnia. Today, she was released from Hinseberg prison in Sweden after serving two-thirds of her eleven-year prison term.

"I'm happy to be here," Plavsic told The Associated Press as she entered her apartment building. "But, after nine years in prison, I don't know what will happen."

Plavsic surrendered to the United Nations in 2001 for her role in driving Muslims and Croats out of Serb-controlled Bosnia. She was the president of Bosnia's Serbian area from 1996 to 1998.

The trial of a colleague, Radovan Karadzic, has just begun.

One Bosnian Muslim woman from Srebrenica, Nezira Sulejmanovic, forgave Plavsic, even though her two sons and daughter were killed during that massacre by Serbian forces in 1995.

"She's served her sentence and she's at the end of her life. I think it's OK she's been released," Sulejmanovic told The Guardian. "She's just waiting for the end of her life. Let her be."

Ejup Ganic, a former Bosnian Muslim president, was not so generous.

"Unfortunately, this is how much justice we can get in today's world," Ganic told The AP in Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital.