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Serb War Crimes Suspect Arrested in France

Memorial Center in Srebrenica

Memorial Center in Srebrenica

French authorities have arrested a Serbian man wanted in connection with the massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims near Srebrenica in 1995.

Miodrag Momic was arrested Monday near Grenoble, France, where he had been living under the name Guy Monier.

The 47-year-old Momic was arrested under an international warrant for crimes against humanity for his alleged role as a member of a paramilitary unit known as the Scorpions.

In a statement Tuesday, Serbia's Justice Ministry says it will make a formal request to France for Momic's extradition in the next few days.

The group was controlled by the Serbian Interior Ministry and is believed to have fought for Serbia in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as in an earlier conflict in Croatia and later in Kosovo.

Four member of the Scorpions were convicted in Serbia in 2007 and have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for their roles in the Srebrenica massacre.

The Scorpions took part in the conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.