Reuters Bosnia makes arrest over war crimes caught on film
Bosnia makes arrest over war crimes caught on film
02 Nov 2006 16:25:44 GMT
SARAJEVO, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Bosnian authorities said they made an arrest on
Thursday over alleged war crimes committed by Croatian and Muslim-led
Bosnian army troops against Serb refugees, depicted in a video aired in
The amateur footage showed ethnic Serbs from Croatia being harassed by
Croatian and Bosnian troops while fleeing Operation Storm, a Croatian army
offensive in 1995.
"One person was arrested and handed over to the prosecution on the suspicion
that he committed a war crime against prisoners of war," the State
Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) said in a statement.
The agency would not confirm Bosnian media reports that the suspect was
Bosnian Muslim Sefik Alic, a wartime army commander. His arrest in the town
of Bosanska Krupa caused an uproar, with locals putting up roadblocks and
demanding his release, Bosnian media said.
The video of the alleged war crimes was broadcast by Bosnian television
stations. Some Bosnian media reports said other parts of the video, not
broadcast, showed killings.
Another video aired in August showed Bosnian Muslim general Atif Dudakovic
on a battlefield, allegedly ordering soldiers to burn Serb villages.
Bosnia's state court has said it is investigating the allegations against
Dudakovic, who has dismissed them as politically motivated and called the
The videos have been welcomed by Serbs as a rare vindication. Widely seen as
the aggressors in the wars that tore apart the former Yugoslavia in the
1990s, they say the West is biased and has long ignored the crimes committed
More Serbs have been convicted or indicted for war crimes committed in the
period than members of other Yugoslav ethnic groups, but Croatians, Bosnian
Muslims and Bosnian Croats have also been convicted of war crimes against