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Bosnian police arrest two Bosnian Croat war crimes suspects

SARAJEVO, Sep 4, 2000 -- (AFP) Bosnian police acting on a regional Sarajevo court order have arrested two Bosnian Croats on charges of war crimes against civilians, a UN spokesman said Saturday.

Vlatko Buzuk was arrested on Friday near Odzak, 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Sarajevo while attempting to cross into Croatia, Douglas Coffman, the spokesman for the UN Bosnia mission and International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) told AFP.

Coffman confirmed that a second suspect, Tibor Prajo, had given himself up to police in Kiseljkak, 20 km northwest of Sarajevo.

Another Bosnian Croat, Dominik Ilijasevic, was arrested on Monday in Kiseljak on similar charges after being indicted by the regional court in Zenica, central Bosnia.

Coffman could neither give details of the indictments nor confirm if Buzuk and Prajo were indicted for the same crimes, but said that "they were certainly colleagues" of Ilijasevic during and after the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

The ICTY spokesman also said that The Hague-based court had given "green lights" for their arrests, allowing Bosnian courts to handle the war crimes cases.



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