U.S. Extradites Suspected War Criminal to Bosnia

Posted December 27th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has extradited a Bosnian Muslim woman who is suspected of taking part in the killings of Bosnian Croat civilians and prisoners of war during the region's 1992 to 1995 ethnic conflict.

In a statement Tuesday, Bosnian prosecutors said the United States extradited Rasema Handanovic. She was taken into custody upon her arrival in Sarajevo.

Handanovic was part of the special “Zulfikar” unit of the Bosnian army and is believed to have taken part in an attack on the Bosnian Croat village of Trusina in 1993. She allegedly personally killed some of the 18 Bosnian Croat civilians and four prisoners of war who died in the attack.

Handanovic moved to the United States after the war and had been living in the state of Oregon, where she was arrested in April at the request of Bosnian prosecutors.

Another soldier accused of taking part in the killings, Edin Dzeko, was extradited from the United States to Bosnia earlier this month to face charges.