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Israel to extradite alleged Bosnian war criminal

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August 1, 2011 | 10:48 am

Srebrenica Genocide Stone (Wikimedia Commons)

Srebrenica Genocide Stone (Wikimedia Commons)

A Bosnian Serb with Israeli citizenship can be extradited to Bosnia to stand trial on charges of genocide, a Jerusalem court ruled.

Aleksandar Cvetkovic, who is married to an Israeli woman, will be extradited to a court in Sarajevo in the next 60 days following Monday’s ruling by the Jerusalem District Court, unless he appeals to Israel’s Supreme Court within 30 days.

Cvetkovic, 43, is accused of involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in which 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Serbian troops.

He was arrested in January following an extradition request from Bosnia. He is alleged to have been part of an eight-man firing squad that executed Bosnian Muslim males at the Branjevo Farm as part of the massacre.

Cvetkovic, who has lived in Israel since 2006, said he served as an army driver in Srebrenica during Bosnia’s civil war between 1992 and 1995, and did not participate in the massacre.

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