Spain extradites Serbian 'war criminal' to Bosnia
Spain said Thursday it has extradited to Bosnia an alleged Serbian war criminal known as the "Monster of Grbavica" and who is wanted for the murders of more than 100 people during the Bosnian war.
"National Police agents assigned to the International Police Cooperation Unit have delivered the war criminal Veselin Vlahovic, alias Batko, to the authorities of Bosnia-Herzegovina," the Spanish interior ministry said in a statement.
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.
Spanish police arrested him near his home in the southeastern Spanish town of Altea on March 1 as part of an investigation into a gang which was carrying out burglaries in Spain.
In July Spain approved his extradition 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.
But Spanish authorities last week postponed the extradition until a decision was taken on whether to pursue charges against him for crimes committed in Spain.
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