Ex- Bos­nian guard ex­tra­dited to face war crimes charges

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

RICH­MOND, Va. — A for­mer Bos­nian prison camp guard liv­ing in the U.S. has been ex­tra­dited to his na­tive coun­try to face war-crimes charges. Immigration and Cus­toms En­force­ment said in a news re­lease Tues­day that 54-year-old Al­maz Nezirovic of Roanoke County was ex­tra­dited last week. Nezirovic came to the U.S. in 1997. He is ac­cused of tor­tur­ing Ser­bians at the Rabic prison camp in 1992 dur­ing the Bos­nian civil war. Bos­nian of­fi­cials al­lege that the for­mer Roanoke res­i­dent beat, hu­mil­i­ated and trau­ma­tized un­armed civil­ian pris­on­ers. A fed­eral ap­peals court in Fe­bru­ary re­jected a claim by Nezirovic that his ex­tra­di­tion is barred be­cause of the po­lit­i­cal na­ture of his ac­tions at the prison. The court said the tor­ture of civil­ians is not a po­lit­i­cal ex­er­cise.

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