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Thursday, 31 January, 2002, 18:03 GMT
Bosnian camp commander surrenders
Inmates at the detention camp in Omarska
Footage of camps in north Bosnia shocked the world
A Bosnian Serb who helped to run the notorious Keraterm detention camp during the 1992 to 1995 Bosnian war has voluntarily surrendered himself to the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

Dusan Fustar voluntarily surrendered to the tribunal

Jim Landale
ICTY spokesman
Dusan Fustar, a 47-year-old mechanic, is one of seven men whose names appear on an indictment relating to the persecution and detention of Bosnian Muslims and Croats at the camp near Prijedor, in the northwest of the country.

He is charged with nine counts of crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war. These charges include murder.

He reportedly surrendered on Thursday at the Prijedor office of the ICTY, and was then transported to The Hague. A date for his first court appearance has not yet been set.

Court deals

More than 7,000 non-Serb inmates were held in the camp, where some were starved, beaten, sexually assaulted, and murdered, according to the indictment.

Dragan Kolundzija
Kolundzija and his colleagues received reduced sentences
In one incident at the camp, more than 200 people were locked in a warehouse and gunned down by guards who shot through the doors. More than 150 people were killed.

Last November, three of Mr Fustar's camp colleagues were sentenced to between three and 15 years imprisonment for crimes against humanity by the tribunal.

Dusko Sikirica, Dragan Kolundzija and Damir Dosen pleaded guilty in exchange for reduced sentences.

Mr Sikirica, the Keraterm commander, had faced genocide charges - but these were dropped after he pleaded guilty to persecution.

Two other accused, twin brothers Nenad and Predrag Banovic, were arrested in Serbia late last year. They have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A sixth man, Dusko Knezevic, is still at large.

The tribunal is expected to try Mr Fustar together with the Banovic brothers.

Keraterm was one of three camps in north-western Bosnia where Serbs detained Muslim and Croats during the war.

Five Bosnian Serbs who worked at the nearby Omarska camp were also sentenced to jail last year.

See also:

02 Nov 01 | Europe
Omarska: A vision of hell
30 Oct 01 | Europe
Milosevic trial date set
23 Oct 01 | Europe
Bosnian Croats freed on appeal
03 Jul 01 | Europe
At a glance: Hague tribunal
03 Jul 01 | Europe
What is a war crime?
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