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Norway to extradite Vukovar war crimes suspect to Serbia

[JURIST] Norway has agreed to extradite an unnamed Croatian citizen wanted for his alleged involvement in the 1991 Vukovar massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to Serbia to face war crimes [JURIST news archive] charges, Norwegian officials said Tuesday. Croatia had requested the man's extradition in 2006; Norwegian justice officials concluded after an investigation that there was sufficient evidence to warrant extraditing the man for trial over the killing of approximately 200 Croatian POWs in the fall of 1991. He was previously convicted in absentia in Belgrade for murder.

In September, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] handed down judgments [JURIST report] in the cases of war crimes suspects Mile Mrksic, Miroslav Radic and Veselin Sljivancanin [BBC profiles; ICTY case backgrounder] indicted for their involvement in the Vukovar killings. The court found Mrksic guilty on three counts of war crimes and sentenced him to 20 years in prison for his part in the massacre. Sljivancanin received a five-year sentence on aiding and abetting charges. Radic was acquitted on all counts. Serbia has conducted its own prosecutions for the massacre [JURIST report], and the case has been widely seen as a test of Serbia's domestic war crimes process. Reuters has more.

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