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War Crimes Tribunal Seeks Bosnian Serb Indicted in Germany

November 09, 1994| Associated Press

THE HAGUE — The first international war crimes tribunal since World War II asked Germany on Tuesday to surrender a Bosnian Serb accused of murder and torture.

In a courtroom rented at an insurance company headquarters, three judges ruled that Dusan Tadic should be tried by the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal, established a year ago by the United Nations.

Tadic, 38, has been held in Germany since a Bosnian Muslim identified him in February at a German refugee camp. German authorities indicted him Monday on genocide and murder charges, but have expressed willingness to turn his case over to the tribunal.

Tadic is suspected of murder, torture, forced deportations and gang rape.

The Tadic trial would probably begin next spring, officials said, adding that the maximum sentence would be life imprisonment. Unlike the Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals after World War II, the Yugoslav war crimes court cannot hand down the death penalty or try defendants in absentia.

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