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(E) Sljivancanin arrested
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  07/2/2003 | History | Unrated
(E) Sljivancanin arrested


Sljivancanin, wanted in connection with the massacre of about 260Croatiancivilians at Vukovar, was arrested 

It leaves former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic and army commander Ratko Mladic as the two remaining top fugitives for war crimes during the break-up of Yugoslavia.

Serbia Hands Over Suspect in 1991 Vukovar Massacre, AFP Says 

July 2 (Bloomberg) -- Veselin Sljivancanin, a former Yugoslav army colonel wanted over a 1991 massacre during Croatia's war of independence, was handed over to the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal, Agence France-Presse reported. 

Sljivancanin, wanted in connection with the massacre of about 260 civilians at Vukovar, was arrested last month after police fought with a crowd of his supporters during a 10-hour siege at his apartment building in Belgrade. He was transferred to The Hague late yesterday, AFP cited Jim Landale, a spokesman for the tribunal, as saying. 

His transfer came on the same day as the Serbian parliament approved establishing a special state prosecutor's office to investigate war crimes in Serbia during the wars for independence by states that formed Yugoslavia. The office will improve Serbia's cooperation with The Hague tribunal, AFP cited Justice Minister Vladan Batic as saying. 

Carla Del Ponte, the chief United Nations war crimes prosecutor, has said Serbia isn't doing enough to try to find war crimes suspects, especially former Bosnian Serb leaders Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic. The arrest of Sljivancanin was a condition for the U.S. approving aid to Serbia and Montenegro, which replaced the Yugoslav federation. 

(AFP 2-7) 

For AFP's Web site 


Serbia: Authorities Transfer Colonel Wanted For Atrocities

The Hague, 2 July 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Serbian authorities have handed over to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague a colonel wanted for the massacre of 200 people in 1991.

Late yesterday, UN tribunal spokesman Jim Landale said Veselin Sljivancanin has been flown to The Hague and is now in UN custody.

Sljivancanin was arrested last month after a 10-hour siege on his hideout in Belgrade. His arrest sparked a night of clashes between dozens of riot police and hard-line Serbian nationalists, who threw rocks and set cars on fire.

Sljivancanin was indicted in 1996 in connection with the killings near the Croatian town of Vukovar. The indictment says he engaged in "a joint criminal enterprise" with the aim of purging non-Serbs, principally Croats, from large areas of Croatia and Bosnia.


Serb war suspect reaches Hague

Mr Sljivancanin's arrest triggered violent clashes in Belgrade

A former Yugoslav army colonel accused of massacre of more than 200 civilians in Croatia in 1991 has been handed over to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague. 

Tribunal spokesman Jim Landale said Veselin Sljivancanin - who was arrested in Serbia two weeks ago - arrived from Belgrade late on Tuesday. 

Mr Sljivancanin is one of the so-called Vukovar Three indicted for the mass killings of non-Serbs near the eastern town of Vukovar during the war in Croatia in 1991-1995. 

The other two suspects - General Mile Mrskic and Captain Miroslav Radic - have already surrendered to the court. 


Mile Mrksic 
Miroslav Radic 
Veselin Sljivancanin 

In another development, the Serbian parliament voted on Tuesday to set up a special court to try war crimes suspects. 

The BBC's Geraldine Coughlan says there is speculation that the first trial could deal with the Vukovar killings. 

Belgrade standoff 

Mr Sljivancanin - alongside the two other suspects - is charged with removing at least 200 patients and civilians from a hospital in Vukovar, after it fell to Yugoslav troops. 

Vukovar suffered a three-month siege by Serb forces
It is alleged that they were then taken to a nearby pig farm, executed and buried in a mass grave. 
The three suspects allegedly supervised the execution and burial in a mass grave. 
Mr Sljivancanin was picked up by police after a 10-hour standoff outside his Belgrade house following violent clashes with hundreds of his supporters. 
The arrest came just days before the United States threatened to suspend its financial aid unless Serbia complied with the Hague tribunal. 

It leaves former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic and army commander Ratko Mladic as the two remaining top fugitives for war crimes during the break-up of Yugoslavia. 


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