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Bosnia war crimes suspect appealing extradition from Israel

The Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] is expected to hear an appeal Monday by a suspected Bosnian war criminal who was ordered to be extradited [JURIST report] to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to stand trial for crimes committed during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Aleksander Cvetkovic was among eight soldiers accused of having executed over 1,000 blindfolded Muslim prisoners as they exited the buses at Branjevo Farm. The Israeli government, after the request by BiH, initiated [JURIST report] the extradition process after a judge for the Jerusalem District Court ordered Cvetkovic to be held in jail for the length of the process in January 2011.

BiH has been continuously prosecuting, convicting and sentencing those responsible for the killing during the massacre and even those who left the country are being brought back to face charges. Earlier this month, the country's war crimes court [official website] sentenced [text, PDF; JURIST report] four former Bosnian Serb soldiers [case materials, in Croatian] for their involvement in the 1995 massacre. In May, US resident Dejan Radojkovic was deported [JURIST report] to BiH to stand trial before the country's court for his actions as a police commander in Srebrenica during the 1995 massacre. He was arrested in 2009 after it was revealed that he did not disclose his involvement in the conflict and his appeal was rejected in February. He was the second to be deported after his commanding officer, Nedjo Ikonic, was deported in 2010 [JURIST report]. A day earlier, the war crimes court convicted [JURIST report] Dusko Jevic and Mendeljev Djuric for taking part in the killing of 1,000 Muslim men during the massacre after it found that the two former Bosnian Serb police officers were guilty of aiding and abetting genocide. They had been indicted on genocide charges in January 2010 after being arrested [JURIST reports] in October 2009. In January the court also upheld the conviction [JURIST reports] and 31-year sentence of Radomir Vukovic for his part in the 1995 massacre.

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