Ante Gotovina, a retired Croatian military official acquitted of war crimes charges in 2012, is suing the U.S. Department of Treasury to lift economic sanctions against him in place for more than a decade.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia convicted Gotovina of war crimes in connection with a military operation in Croatia in 1995. In 2012, the Appeals Chamber of the tribunal reversed his conviction and set him free.
The U.S. government listed Gotovina as a Specially Designated National in 2003, subjecting him to economic sanctions. After his acquittal, Gotovina asked the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control to remove the designation, to no avail, according to the complaint he filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.