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Serb war crime suspect surrenders
Miroslav Radic in Vukovar, 1991
Miroslav Radic: Accused of role in Vukovar massacre
A former Yugoslav army captain suspected of complicity in a massacre of civilians in Croatia in 1991 has surrendered to the authorities.

Miroslav Radic was brought before a magistrate in Belgrade after handing himself in, the Serbian news agency Beta said.

He is one of three former Serbian officers indicted for war crimes over the killings of more than 200 civilians in the town of Vukovar in November 1991.

Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Cedomir Jovanovic, quoted by the Associated Press, said Mr Radic would be "eligible for the same government guarantees as other indicted Serb suspects who surrendered of their own volition".

Mile Mrksic - another of the trio - surrendered last spring to the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

The third officer, Veselin Sljivancanin, is still in hiding.

Mr Radic is expected to be extradited to the ICTY after a routine judicial procedure.

Killings at farm

Miroslav Radic was a captain in the Yugoslav army and in charge of a special infantry unit of the brigade which took an active role in the siege and capture of Vukovar.

Vukovar, 1991
Vukovar suffered a three-month siege by Serb forces

According to the ICTY indictment, Mr Radic, together with Mr Mrksic and Mr Sljivancanin commanded and supervised the troops who shot and killed people taken from Vukovar hospital on 20 November, 1991.

The tribunal charges him with counts of crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or customs of law and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions for his role in beatings and killings at the Ovcara farm.

After Vukovar, Mr Radic left military service and entered into a private business in Serbia.

Earlier this year, the United States threatened to cut off aid to Serbia if it did not hand over Mr Radic, Mr Sljivancanin, and the former Bosnian Serb military leader, Ratko Mladic.

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