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Bosnia Seeks Fugitive Tuzla Massacre Convict

9. October 2014.00:00
The Bosnian court is preparing an international arrest warrant for Novak Djukic, convicted of ordering a deadly Bosnian Serb artillery strike on the town of Tuzla, after he fled to Serbia.

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The court in Sarajevo said on Thursday that the warrant for the arrest of Djukic, who was found guilty of the 1995 attack on Tuzla that killed 71 people, would be sent to the Interpol office in Serbia as soon as it was ready.

Djukic cannot be extradited to Bosnia because he has Serbian citizenship.

His defence lawyer Dusko Tomic said that he has no intention of going back to Bosnia.

But he could be jailed in Serbia, which signed an agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2010 that prevents convicts whose final verdict has been handed down from avoiding serving their sentences by fleeing to the neighbouring country.

“After locating the convict, further measures for the execution of the sentence will be taken, which includes the possibility of sending the plea to Serbian judiciary to take over the execution of the sentence,” the Bosnian court said.

Djukic, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb Army’s Ozren Tactical Group, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for ordering an artillery squad to shell Tuzla on May 25, 1995.

But he didn’t turn up to start serving his sentence, claiming he was having medical treatment in Serbia.

After he absconded, his defence staged a re-enactment of the 1995 attack on the Bosnian town in a bid to prove he was mistakenly convicted.

Amer Jahić

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