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Serbia war crimes prosecutor facing death threats

[JURIST] The office of Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic said Wednesday that Vukcevic has received death threats for his involvement in pursuing war crimes fugitives indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official websites] for their roles in the 1990 Balkan Wars. Four war crimes suspects are still at large, including former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. A spokesman for the office said that these are not the first threats that Vukcevic has received in his role as prosecutor.

Serbia said in September it would increase efforts [JURIST report] to locate and arrest the four war crimes suspects believed to be hiding in the country in order to receive a favorable report from the ICTY chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte to the EU concerning the EU's pending pre-membership deal with Serbia. New ICTY Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz [JURIST report; ICC profile] has said that he will not alter his predecessor's tough stance on Serbian cooperation [JURIST report]. Reuters has more.

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