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Suspected war criminal rejects Serb warrant, willing to face UN tribunal

[JURIST] Bosnian Serb paramilitary commander Milan Lukic is demanding to be taken into custody by the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website; JURIST news archive], and not by Serbian authorities because he fears for his life, a Serbian newspaper reported Friday. Lukic was arrested in Buenos Aires [JURIST report] on Monday at the request of the ICTY and said "I don’t want to go to Serbia... I am afraid I would be killed there," according to a report [text, in Serbian] from the Serbian daily Vecernje Novosti. Lukic was convicted in absentia [JURIST report] by a Serbian war crimes court and sentenced to 20 years for his role in the 1993 abduction and killing of 20 Bosnian Muslims and faces similar charges [case backgrounder; ICTY indictment] at the ICTY. AFP has more.

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