Montenegro arrests UN-indicted war crimes suspect

[JURIST] Montenegro authorities Sunday arrested Vlastimir Djordjevic [ICTY case backgrounder, PDF], a former Serbian police general, for the murder and persecution of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo [JURIST news archive] in 1999. According to Djordjevic's indictment, he and six other high-ranking Serb officials are accused of the forced deportation of 800,000 Kosovars and the killings of hundreds of ethnic Albanians who had "no active part in hostilities."

Serbia [JURIST news archive] has come under increased international pressure from the European Union (EU) and the United States to prosecute war criminals and arrest war crimes fugitives. On June 1, Zdravko Tolimir [ICTY case backgrounder, PDF], another war crimes suspect, was arrested and charged with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, as well as various other crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC timeline]. Four of the 161 suspects indicted by the ICTY remain fugitives, including Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder] and former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case backgrounder; BBC profile]. AP has more.

 

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