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Bosnia police arrest Croat war crimes suspect

SARAJEVO, Aug 29, 2000 -- (Reuters) Police on Monday arrested a Bosnian Croat suspected of war crimes against civilians during the Balkan country's 1992-95 war, the interior ministry of Bosnia's Moslem-Croat federation said.

The ministry said in a statement it had detained Dominik Ilijasevic, 34, in Kiseljak - some 35 km (20 miles) west of the capital Sarajevo - after receiving an indictment from a court in Zenica, a town in central Bosnia.

The statement gave no details of the indictment and no one at the court could be reached for comment.

A spokesman for the UN policing mission said it had monitored the arrest while NATO-led peacekeepers provided security for international police officers.

UN spokesman Douglas Coffman said the UN war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia, which has supreme authority to prosecute war crimes in the region, had reviewed the case and had given the go-ahead for a local prosecution.



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