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Croatia Issues International Warrant for War Crimes Suspect


Croatia has issued an international warrant for a Serb paramilitary commander, now living in Australia and suspected of atrocities during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s.

The Interior Ministry issued the warrant for Dragan Vasiljkovic following a court order in the case Tuesday.

Earlier, Justice Minister Vesna Skare-Ozbolt told state radio her country will seek the extradition of Vasiljkovic, who is a citizen of both Australia and Serbia and Montenegro.

Vasiljkovic lived in Australia before fighting broke out in former Yugoslavia when Croatia and Slovenia declared independence from that country. He returned to Belgrade to take command of a Serb paramilitary unit, which Croatian authorities say was responsible for atrocities against ethnic Croats in the region around Knin.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.