Turkey extradites Serb war crime suspect
SARAJEVO – Anadolu Agency
AA PhotoDusko Dabetic, a Serb sought by officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina for alleged war crimes committed during the Bosnian War, has been extradited by Turkey.
Dabetic arrived in Sarajevo at 7:31 p.n. local time on April 17 aboard a Turkish Airlines scheduled flight accompanied by two Bosnian police officers.
The Sarajevo-born 64-year-old Serb is wanted by Interpol on charges of committing war crimes against Bosniak and Croat civilians including murder, torture and rape in the Grbavica municipality of Sarajevo during the siege of the city between the years 1992 and 1995.
Dabetic’s case is under investigation by Cantonal Prosecution officials.
A Sarajevo court issued an international arrest warrant for Dabetic in September 2012.
In November 2014, he was detained by the Interpol Department of the Turkish General Directorate of Security at Antalya Airport while allegedly using a false identity.
He was later sent to Metris Prison in Istanbul awaiting extradition.
The International Red Cross has said at least 312,000 people including 200,000 Bosnians, were killed during the Bosnian War between 1992 and 1995.
A total of 8,400 people remain missing, according to the Institute for Missing Persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Former Serbian Party leader Radovan Karadzic, Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, chief of General Staff Ljubisa Beara, head of security Dragan Nikoli and police director Ljubomir Borovcanin were among those found guilty of war crimes committed during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.