Dragan Vasiljkovic extradited from Australia to face war crimes charges in Croatia:


Australia has handed over a Serbian war crimes suspect known as Captain Dragan to Croatia to face allegations of torture and murder.

Dragan Vasiljkovic, also known as Daniel Snedded, is wanted on charges relating to Zagreb’s war of independence between 1991 to 1995.

He was a paramilitary commander with a Serbian rebel group opposed to Croatia breaking away from Yugoslavia.

The Belgrade-born 60-year-old, who has Australian citizenship, has previously denied committing war crimes.

He has battled extradition from Australia for a decade.

A statement on the Federal Attorney-General’s Department website said: “Mr Vasiljkovic was provisionally arrested in Australia in January 2006”.

“Since that time, Mr Vasiljkovic has exercised his right to challenge the extradition process in 13 separate matters. This included several unsuccessful applications to the High Court of Australia,” the statement read.

“Criminal proceedings against Mr Vasiljkovic in Croatia are a matter for Croatian authorities.”

News Source: ABC News

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