No obstacles for Spain to extradite warcrime suspect: Bosnia

23rd August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Spain is ready to extradite to Bosnia alleged Serb war criminal Veselin Vlahovic, detained there in March, as all legal obstacles have been overcome, Bosnia's presidency said Monday.

A judge in southeastern Spanish city Alicante, Angel Paredes, "has given his accord for Vlahovic's extradition to Bosnia," the presidency said in a statement.

"Thus all conditions (necessary for Vlahovic's extradition) have been fulfilled and all judicial and formal obstacles, reported in the past days, have been removed," it added.

Last week, Spain postponed Vlahovic's extradition until a decision was taken whether to pursue charges against him for crimes committed in Spain.

In July, Madrid approved extradition of Vlahovic to Bosnia, although requests had been submitted by Serbia and Montenegro as well.

The authorities in Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro also want him in connection with a series of violent robberies. He was detained near his home in the southeastern Spanish town of Altea on March 1.

Known as the "Monster of Grbavica" after the Sarajevo suburb where he is alleged to have committed his crimes, he is wanted for the murders of more than 100 people during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war.

When the war broke out in Bosnia Vlahovic joined a Serb paramilitary group which was part of the notorious "White Angel" units that controlled Serb-held parts of Sarajevo including the Grbavica suburb.

Bosnia's war between its Croat, Muslim and Serb communities left some 100,000 dead and displaced 2.2 million people. It left the country split into two semi-autonomous halves -- the Muslim-Croat Federation and the Serbs' Republika Srpska.

© 2010 AFP

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