US resident deported to Bosnia to face war crimes charges

[JURIST] US resident Dejan Radojkovic was deported to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Thursday in order to face charges related to his actions as a police commander in Srebrenica during the Bosnian Civil War [JURIST news archive] in 1995. Radojkovic is accused of rounding up more than 200 Bonian-Muslims who were then taken to another area where they were executed. He immigrated to the US in 1999. After an investigation uncovered that Radojkovic had not disclosed his involvement in the conflict, he was arrested in 2009 and a judge ordered that should be deported. Radojkovic's appeal was denied in February. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] Director John Morton [official profile] released a statement [text]:

For the families who lost loved ones at Srebrenica, justice has been a long time coming, but they can take consolation in the fact that those responsible for this tragedy are now being held accountable for their crimes. I applaud the outstanding work by ICE attorneys, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, and ERO officers in bringing a successful conclusion to this case. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure our country does not serve as a haven for human rights violators and others who have committed heinous acts.
Radojkovic is the second police commander to be deported after his commanding officer, Nedjo Ikonic, was deported in 2010 [JURIST report].

Earlier this month two Bosnian Serbs were sentenced to prison [JURIST report] for their roles in Srebenica massacre. The trial of former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic [ICTY case materials; JURIST news archive] began earlier this month but was postponed due to evidence disclosures [JURIST report]. In April, a Bosnian-Muslim woman pleaded guilty to was crimes after being extradited from the US [JURIST report]. That same month, the trial of eight Bosnian-Muslims began [JURIST report]. In February the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] sentenced Milan Tupajic to two months in prison [JURIST report] on two counts of contempt for refusing to testify against accused war criminal Radovan Karadzic.

 

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