Bosnians, Croat convicted of explosives trafficking

12th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 12, 2007 (AFP) - A Paris court has handed down heavy sentences to three Bosnian nationals and a Croatian for trafficking in explosives from the former Yugoslavia, a court official said Tuesday.

PARIS, June 12, 2007 (AFP) - A Paris court has handed down heavy sentences to three Bosnian nationals and a Croatian for trafficking in explosives from the former Yugoslavia, a court official said Tuesday.  

Bosnians Savo Jungic and Ratko Trivic pleaded guilty to organising the delivery by transport truck of 100 kilos of explosives and were sentenced to eight years in prison on May 31.

French authorities believe the stash of explosives discovered on board the truck as it entered France in March 2005 was headed for storage in a Paris suburb.

Explosives and heavy weapons from military bases in the former Yugoslavia have been used in holdups in the Paris region over the past years and during a prison break in March 2003, investigators said.

Bosnian Branko Zelenika, considered the leader of the trafficking ring, was sentenced in abstentia to 10 years in prison and an international warrant was issued for his arrest.

Zelenika was apprehended in the northern Bosnian town of Laktasi last week but he managed to escape detention during his transfer to Sarajevo.

The driver of the truck, Croatian national Frano Gavranovic, was sentenced to six years.


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