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Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitive surrenders to authorities

[JURIST] Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Sredoje Lukic, indicted [text] in 2000 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] surrendered to Serb authorities in Bosnia Tuesday. Lukic is charged with cruel and inhumane acts against non-Serbs, crimes against humanity as well as humiliation, terrorizing and psychological abuse of Bosnian Muslims. Lukic and his cousin Milan Lukic [ICTY case backgrounder], were members of a notorious paramilitary group called the Avengers. The charges allege that during May 1992 and October 1994, the Avengers "committed, planned, instigated and ordered the executions" of Bosnian Muslims in Bosnian Serb-controlled territory. Sredoje Lukic is the 15th war crimes fugitive to surrender to Serbian authorities since last year. However, the two top fugitives, Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile] and Ratko Mladic [Wikipedia profile], are still in hiding. The Serbian government is under pressure [JURIST report] from the ICTY and Western countries to cooperate with The Hague tribunal in exchange for the country's access to the European Union and NATO. AP has more.

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