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Serbia police arrest war crimes suspect

[JURIST] Serbian police arrested alleged war criminal Darko Jankovic on Sunday. Jankovic is accused of killing at least 19 civilians in eastern Bosnia during the 1992-95 Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archive]. A spokesperson for Serbia's Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor [official website, in Serbian] indicated that Jankovic is potentially associated with the killing of Muslim civilians near the eastern Bosnian town of Zvornik in 1992. The Serbian war crimes prosecutor indicted [JURIST report] two other alleged war criminals in August 2008 in connection with the killing of 700 Muslim civilians near Zvornik.

Jankovic's arrest comes one month after a report detailing Serbia's cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] was presented [JURIST report] to the UN Security Council. Serbia's bid for European Union membership is based on cooperation with the ICTY, including the arrest of two remaining fugitives, Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic [JURIST news archives]. Mladic faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity for overseeing the Srebrenica [JURIST news archive] prison massacre and other killings of Bosnian Muslims and Croats, while Hadzic faces crimes against humanity charges for killings of non-Serbs and for abuses in Croatian prison camps. Chief War Crimes Prosecutor Serge Brammertz [official profile] indicated in September 2008 that he was "cautiously optimistic" [JURIST report] that the two men will be be brought to justice.

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