Monday, August 08, 2005

Another Serb war suspect arrested

A Bosnian Serb fugitive sentenced for crimes committed during the Bosnian war and wanted by a UN war crimes court has been arrested in Argentina.
Police say Milan Lukic, who has been on the run for more than five years, was arrested in Buenos Aires.

He was indicted by the UN's war crimes tribunal for crimes said to have been carried out during the Bosnian war.

He is also wanted in Serbia, where he was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison for war crimes.

'Reign of terror'

In 2003, a court in Belgrade found Lukic and three other men guilty of torturing and murdering 16 Muslim civilians whom they abducted from a bus travelling from Serbia to Bosnia in 1992.

Yugoslav officials say Lukic headed a paramilitary group believed to be responsible for abducting, torturing and killing the victims, all Yugoslav nationals.

The incident - known as the Sjeverin case after the town where the victims were kidnapped - was the most serious crime to take place on Serbian territory during the Balkan wars in the early 1990s.

In the indictment from the tribunal at The Hague, Lukic is accused of forming a paramilitary group in 1992 which worked with local police and military units to exact a "reign of terror" against Bosnian Muslims in the Bosnian city of Visegrad.

Lukic is being held in a Buenos Aires jail and is expected to appear in court for questioning before a federal judge in the coming days.
BBC World News

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