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22 June 2015

Bosnian State Prosecution Requests Oric’s Extradition from Switzerland

Dzana Brkanic BIRN BiH Sarajevo

The Bosnian state prosecution confirmed there is an ongoing investigation against Bosnian Army wartime commander Naser Oric. Oric is currently being held in custody in Switzerland on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by Serbia. The state prosecution has asked Swiss authorities to extradite Oric to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and not Serbia.

“Extraditing him to the Serbian judiciary would endanger the case against Naser Oric and others conducted by the Bosnian judiciary,” the state prosecution told BIRN.

According to a statement issued by the state prosecution, the case against Oric, who commanded Bosnian Army forces in Srebrenica, was initiated in 2006. In 2008, Oric was examined as per a request made by the district prosecution of Bijeljina.

In 2009 the state prosecution took over the investigation.

In 2008, the Hague Tribunal pronounced a second instance verdict against Oric, acquitting him of charges that he committed war crimes in the Srebrenica area.

“Considering the fact that this person is a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the fact that he is available to judicial bodies and responds to their invitations, no request for custody measures or other prohibitive measures has been filed in this case,” the state prosecution announced.

The Serbian Ministry of Justice has requested that Oric be extradited to Serbia. Serbia issued an arrest warrant against Oric last year, based on suspicions that he committed war crimes against Serb civilians in the village of Zalazje near Srebrenica.

Oric was arrested at the border between France and Switzerland on June 10, 2015, after having an attended a ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. On June 11, Swiss authorities ordered Oric into extradition custody.

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