SFOR pays compensation for wrongful arrest

BANJA LUKA, Jul 21, 2000 -- (AFP) The NATO-led Stabilisation Force (SFOR) in Bosnia has paid compensation for the wrongful arrest of a man, his wife told AFP Thursday.

Rade Mikanovic, a Bosnian Serb arrested by SFOR peacekeepers on March 5 near the village of Omarska, in northwestern Bosnia, "was given 15,000 German marks (7,692 euros, 7,177 dollars) as compensation for being wrongly arrested," Slavica Mikanovic told AFP by phone.

"We will use this money to pay hospital bills for my husband's treatment," she added.

Mikanovic was arrested together with Dragoljub Prcac, former deputy commander of the Omarska concentration camp, indicted for war crimes by the International Crminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

The Omarska camp, near Prijedor, was used to hold non-Serbs interned by Bosnians Serb soldiers at the beginning of Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

Mikanovic, who was not on the list of ICTY suspects, was released after being questioned.

"When they (SFOR) arrested Rade he was beaten up. He suffered a concussion of the brain, a broken jaw and broken teeth. Later he had a nervous breakdown and now he is being treated at a neuropsychiatry" department, Slavica said.

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