For­mer Serb para­mil­i­tary com­man­der charged with war crimes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

ZA­GREB, Croa­tia — A for­mer Serb para­mil­i­tary com­man­der dur­ing the 1990s Balkan wars has been charged in Croa­tia with war crimes fol­low­ing his ex­tra­di­tion from Aus­tralia. Croa­tia’s state pros­e­cu­tors on Fri­day charged Dra­gan Vasiljkovic, also known as Cap­tain Dra­gan and Daniel Sned­den, with killings and tor­ture of civil­ians while he was a rebel Serb com­man­der dur­ing the 1991-95 Croa­t­ian war. He has de­nied the charges, which carry a max­i­mum 20-year prison sen­tence in Croa­tia. Vasiljkovic, who was born in Ser­bia, came to Aus­tralia at the age of 15 but re­turned to the Balkans to train Croa­t­ian Serb rebels in 1991, when Serbs took up arms against Croa­tia’s se­ces­sion from Yu­goslavia.

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