Bosnia Arrests Two War Crimes Suspects

Bosnian police have arrested two men suspected of committing war crimes against civilians and prisoners in Zavidovici and Brcko during the 1992-95 conflict.

The State Investigation and Protection Agency on Tuesday arrested former Bosnian Serb soldier Novak Mitrovic, who is suspected of committing war crimes in the village of Kamenica in the Zavidovici municipality.

The Bosnian prosecution alleges that Mitrovic, a former member of the Second Ozren brigade of the Bosnian Serb Army and a guard in the Dom Franjo Herljevic detention camp, unlawfully imprisoned Bosniak and Croat civilians from June to December 1992.

He is suspected of taking part in murders, torture and other inhumane acts against prisoners at the camp, the Bosnian prosecution said.

Prosecutors will decide whether to demand a remand in custody after they interrogate the suspect.

Also on Tuesday, police in Brcko arrested Redzo Salaj, a former Bosnian Army soldier suspected of committing crimes against Serb civilians and prisoners of war in Gornji Rahic in the Brcko municipality in 1992.

Police said that they found an automatic rifle, another gun and ammunition, as well as other evidence, when they searched the house where Salaj lives.

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