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Serbia extradites war crimes suspect
Miroslav Radic in Vukovar, 1991
Miroslav Radic: Accused of role in Vukovar massacre
A former Yugoslav army officer accused of war crimes in Croatia has been transferred to The Hague.

Miroslav Radic is alleged to have been involved in the massacre of about 200 people near the town of Vukovar in 1991.

He gave himself up to the Serbian authorities more than three weeks ago, but it has taken until now for the conditions of his transfer to be settled.

Prosecutors regard Mr Radic as being near the top of their most wanted list.

He arrived in the Netherlands on Saturday morning on a flight from Belgrade. He was being taken to a detention unit to await trial, said a spokesman for the UN tribunal.

The BBC's Balkans correspondent Nick Hawton says prosecutors will be hoping this move will help to generate a momentum for the eventual capture of their most wanted individuals - the former Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic.

Farm killings

Mr Radic is one of three former Yugoslav army officers indicted for alleged war crimes near Vukovar, which fell to Serb forces in November 1991.

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

At the time, many local inhabitants fled to the town's hospital for safety but a few days later about 300 people in the hospital were taken away by Serb forces.

At least 200 of these were massacred at a nearby farm.

Mr Radic, along with two other officers, is accused of commanding and supervising the troops who carried out the killings.

Of the two other people wanted for the farm massacre, one has already gone to The Hague. The third remains in hiding in Serbia.


SEE ALSO:
Most wanted: The 'Vukovar Three'
19 Apr 02  |  Europe


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