(E) Croatia seeks extradition of war criminal from Norway
Croatia seeks extradition of war criminal
A 57-year-old Serbian man convicted of war crimes in Croatia has been living as a refugee in Norway for several years. Croatian authorities now want their Norwegian counterparts to extradite him.
The Serbian came to Norway in 1998 seeking asylum, and eventually managed to obtain both residence and work permission in the country. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Tuesday that he admitted to Norwegian immigration authorities that he had been convicted of war crimes in Croatia.
He reportedly was found guilty, among other things, of killing a prisoner of war. The Norwegian authorities, however, never received confirmation of his conviction, according to Geir Loendal of the immigration agency UDI (Utlendingsdirektoratet).
The Serb, who claims he's innocent of the war charges against him, thus was allowed to stay in Norway. Now Croatia wants him back to serve prison time.
A spokesman for the Norwegian police, who act on behalf of UDI, said they would review the Croatian request and investigate the case