Suspected war criminal Veselin Vlahovic, who is known by his alias, Batko, has objected to extradition requests from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro.
Spanish State Court Judge Baltasar Garzon on March 4 confirmed the provisional prison status for Batko and began proceedings for his extradition, according to Spanish daily El Mundo.
Bosnia, Serbia, and Montenegro are requesting that Batko be extradited to face justice for various alleged crimes committed in each country.
The court in Spain said that all three countries now have 40 days to send the required documentation to the court in order to formally request extradition. The court's decision on whether Batko will be extradited, and if so to which country, must be approved by the government, El Mundo reports.
Bosnia is seeking Batko's extradition in connection to allegations about his involvement in war crimes committed in Grbavica, a Sarajevo neighbourhood.
He is referred to by some in Bosnia as the 'monster from Grbavica'. The State prosecution there has charged him for crimes including 54 murders.
According to Spanish media, after his arrest Batko admitted that he killed more than 100 people, including women and children. He reportedly also admitted to the rape of girls and women.
Serbia is seeking Batko's extradition in relation to a murder he allegedly committed in Novi Sad.
In Montenegro he is wanted after having escaped from prison in 2001. At the time of his escape he was serving a sentence for banditry and violent behavior related to criminal offences from 1998.
Batko was arrested on March 2 in Spain for a number of alleged crimes committed in the country, including armed roberry and police assault, as well as document forgery.
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