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Bosnian Serb War Crimes Suspect Given Time to Consider Plea

Officials Wednesday said Savo Todovic requested more time to fully comprehend the 18 charges against him. He was extradited to the tribunal after surrendering to police in the Bosnian Serb Republic on Saturday.

Prosecutors indicted Mr. Todovic for his role as deputy commander of a notorious Serb prison, The Dom, in the city of Foca in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina. They say he selected detainees for killings, beatings, interrogations and forced labor.

Mr. Todovic is the first suspect the Bosnian Serb government has handed over to The Hague war crimes tribunal.

International officials have been pressing the Bosnian Serbs to cooperate with the court in the arrest and extradition of war crimes suspects as required by the Dayton Peace Accord that halted the Bosnian conflict.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.