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Reuters Bosnia makes arrest over war crimes caught on film

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  • sibercor2000
    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L02779328.htm Bosnia makes arrest over war crimes caught on film 02 Nov 2006 16:25:44 GMT SARAJEVO, Nov 2 (Reuters) -
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      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
      August.

      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
      recording fabricated.

      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
      against them.

      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
      Serbs.
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