News 15 Aug 13

Bosnian Serb to be Extradited from Israel

Former Bosnian Serb soldier Aleksandar Cvetkovic, suspected of participation in the Srebrenica genocide in 1995, will be extradited to Bosnia and Herzegovina from Israel.

Justice Report
BIRN
Sarajevo

The Bosnian justice ministry said that war crimes suspect Cvetkovic, who is now an Israeli citizen, would be extradited on Thursday.

“We were informed by Israel about the extradition in late June. We hope it will be carried out successfully [on Thursday] with assistance from the border police and Interpol,” ministry spokesperson Marina Bakic told BIRN.

Cvetkovic was arrested in Israel in January 2011, after Bosnia and Herzegovina filed a request for his extradition.

The Bosnian prosecution suspects Cvetkovic, a former member of the 10th Sabotage Squad of the Bosnian Serb Army, of participating in mass murders at Branjevo farm near the Bosnian town of Zvorik after Srebrenica fell in July 1995.

According to Israeli media, Cvetkovic denied having participated in the massacre, claiming he was an army driver during the fall of Srebrenica.

Israel’s supreme court however dismissed his appeal against extradition.

Cvetkovic moved to Israel in 2006. According to information from the Israeli authorities, he married an Israeli and they have two children, which allowed him to acquire citizenship of the country.

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Background

Srebrenica: Genocide Reconstructed

In July 1995 Srebrenica was shelled and occupied by the Army of Republic of Srpska,VRS, despite being declared a protected area by the United Nations. More than 7,000 people were killed, the victims of genocide.

Ratko Mladic: The Force Behind the Srebrenica Killings

The Bosnian Serb commander’s role in the genocide committed in Srebrenica is described in detail in many indictments and verdicts pronounced before local and international judicial institutions.

The Indictment Against Ratko Mladic

Indictments in 1995 and 2000, further amended in 2002 and 2010, charge the former commander of the Republika Srpska Army with genocide and other crimes.

Ratko Mladic: From Promising Officer to Bloodstained Warlord

When Mladic ordered his army to bomb the people of Sarajevo until they ‘go insane’, he revealed the murderous intentions that would culminate in the Srebrenica massacre.

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