Israel to Extradite Bosnian Serb Accused of War Crimes

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A court in Jerusalem has approved the extradition of an Israeli citizen to Bosnia-Herzegovina to answer charges that he committed acts of genocide during the 1992-to-1995 Balkans conflict.

The court ruled Monday that Aleksandar Cvetkovic could be sent for trial to a war crimes court in Sarajevo. He is a Bosnian Serb who was granted Israeli citizenship after marrying a Jewish woman.

Cvetkovic is accused of being part of an eight-man firing squad that killed as many as 1,200 Bosnian Muslims at Branjevo farm in July of 1995. More than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Serbian troops in what became known as the Srebrenica massacre.

Cvetkovic was arrested in January after Israel received an extradition request from Bosnian authorities. He has denied taking part in the executions, saying that he was an army driver. He has 30 days to appeal the ruling to the Israeli Supreme Court.