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Bosnia Extradites Alleged ISIS Associate to US

Kosovo-born Mirsad Kandic, one of the most wanted alleged associates of Islamic State, was extradited from Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United States to face terror charges.

Danijel Kovacevic BIRN Banja Luka
The Bosnian Prosecutor's Office. Photo: Prosecutor's Office.

The Bosnian authorities extradited Mirsad Kandic to the US on Tuesday after he had been on Washington’s wanted list for three years because of his alleged ties with terrorist organisations.

Kandic was deported on a special plane sent by the US government.

"The staff of the Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina, together with partner agencies, provided all the necessary assistance and cooperation. Due to the sensitivity of the case, we cannot give more information and details," the prosecutor's office said in a press release.

Kandic was born in 1981 in Kosovo, and since January this year, he has been hiding in Sarajevo's Grbavica district. He was arrested in early July.

An Interpol's Red Warrant for Kandic’s arrest was issued in 2016, although the US judiciary has been looking for him since 2014 because of his alleged longstanding ties with terrorist organisations.

Before he went into hiding, Kandic lived in the US and had a so-called ‘green card’ giving him permanent residency.

He allegedly helped Jake Bilardi, an 18-year-old Australian who became known as Abu Abdullah al-Australi, to reach ISIS-controlled territory.

Bilardi died in March 2015 in a suicide bomb attack in Ramada in Iraq.

The Bosnian state court ruling that approved Kandic's deportation to the US said he is accused of “providing support”, in particular to Bilardi, in the period from August 2014 to March 2015.

At the time of his arrest, Kandic had a fake ID card which said it had been issued by Montenegro, under the name Radoncic.

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