Croatia Extradites Genocide Suspect to Bosnia

Croatia has extradited to Bosnia a Slovenian national wanted for his role in the genocide in Srebrenica.

Fran Kos was arrested this April in Croatia on a warrant issued by Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

The Bosnian State prosecution suspects that Kos, as a member of the 10th sabotage detachment of the Army of Republika Srpska, VRS, took part in the killing of civilians in July 1995 when more than 8,000 men and boys were killed and around 25,000 women, children and the elderly were forcefully deported.

Kos was arrested in April on a bus at a border crossing with Serbia after Bosnia issued a red alert through Interpol.

His former comrades, Vlastimir Golijan, Zoran Goronja and Stanko Savanovic, were arrested this February in Bosnia. All four are suspected of participating in the killing of about 1,000 civilians at Branjevo military farm in Pilica. No one survived the execution.

The state prosecution in Bosnia has called the 10th Squad “one of the most notorious” units on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the war.

One of the members of the squad, Drazen Erdemovic, admitted his guilt before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, in 1998 and was sentenced to five years in prison.

During his testimony Erdemovic said that Franc Kos participated in the murders.

Kos’s name appears in the protocols of the testimonies in the tribunal in The Hague as a person responsible for the killings. He was known as the Slovenian or Zuca.

After the war he lived in Bijeljina in northern Bosnia under the name Branimir Miric with a fake ID issued by the local authorities.

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