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War crimes trial for ex-police chief

June 21, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The government approved the extradition of a Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect to the United Nations tribunal at The Hague.

Ivana Ramic, a spokeswoman for Serbia's war crimes court, said a court in Belgrade, the capital, rejected former Bosnian Serb police chief Stojan Zupljanin's final appeal. Hours later, a brief statement said the Cabinet had also approved the extradition.

The government's decision cleared the final hurdle for Zupljanin's transfer.

The U.N. tribunal has indicted Zupljanin on charges of overseeing prison camps where thousands of Muslims and Croats were killed during the 1992-95 Balkans war.

He was arrested in the Serbian town of Pancevo last week after nine years on the run.

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