Serbia seeks extradition of Bosnian commander

Serbia has requested the extradition of a Bosnian wartime commander who was arrested in Switzerland on Serbian warrant

Serbia seeks extradition of Bosnian commander

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Serbia has formally requested the extradition of a wartime Bosniak commander whose arrest this month in Switzerland threatens to overshadow the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.

During the 1992-95 Bosnian war, c was the Bosnian commander of the Srebrenica region, a designated U.N. "safe haven" that fell to Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995.

More than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were massacred in the days that followed, marking the worst mass killing on European soil since World War Two.

In 2008, Oric was acquitted by a U.N. court of war crimes against Bosnian Serb civilians, but was arrested inSwitzerland on June 10 on the basis of a Serbian warrant issued in February 2014.

Bosniaks regard him as a hero, and his arrest may yet derail plans by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic to attend the Srebrenica commemorations in Bosnia on July 11.

A spokeswoman for the Serbian Justice Ministry told Reuters that Belgrade had officially submitted a request for Oric's extradition, which the Swiss authorities may or may not comply with. The spokeswoman gave no further details or comment.

Oric has already said he would contest his possible extradition.

Vucic, a former hardline nationalist who has rebranded himself as a pro-Western reformer, said on Friday he was ready to attend the Srebrenica anniversary and "pay my respects" to the victims, provided Bosnia wanted him there.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Haziran 2015, 10:07