US: Bosnian War crimes suspect held in NY

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Associated Press

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 8:04 PM

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — Federal authorities say they've arrested a man in upstate New York wanted for war crimes in his native eastern Europe.

They say 50-year-old Sulejman Mujagic (SOO'-lee-mahn MOY'-uh-gich) is facing extradition at the request of authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is charged with unlawful killing of the enemy and unlawful wounding and torture of a prisoner of war while commanding a platoon in the Army of the Autonomous Province of Western Bosnia.

U.S. Homeland Security said Wednesday the charges involve the killing of one captured soldier and the torture of another who'd been fighting for the army of Bosnia and Herzegovina on March 6, 1995.

Mujagic was fighting for a region that had seceded from the central government during the Bosnian War.

Authorities say he moved to Utica in 1997.

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