Sweden Charges Serb With War Crimes in Kosovo

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 1:06 pm (UTC-5)
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Swedish prosecutors have filed war crimes charges against a Serbian man for allegedly taking part in mass killings of ethnic Albanians during the fighting in Kosovo in the late 1990s.

The indictment filed Tuesday accuses Milic Martinovic of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery and arson in connection with the deaths of 40 people in the western Kosovo village of Cuska. He had been a member of a special police force that entered Cuska in May 1999 in search of “terrorists.”

The 34-year-old Martinovic had sought asylum in Sweden and was arrested in April 2010.

If convicted, he could face a life sentence, which in Sweden is typically commuted after 15 to 25 years. He could then be extradited to Serbia.