After having submitted the required documents to the Israeli authorities, the Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina is awaiting the extradition of Aleksandar Cvetkovic, former member of the Republika Srpska Army.
Jusuf Halilagic, secretary of the Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said that two months ago Bosnian authorities provided Israel with â€œvoluminous documentationâ€ on Aleksandar Cvetkovic.
Cvetkovic was arrested by Israeli police on January 18 this year.
The State Prosecution suspects that Cvetkovic, former member of the Tenth Reconnaissance Squad with the Main Headquarters of the Republika Srpska Army, VRS, participated in the murder of more than 800 men and boys on Branjevo military farm in Pilica, Zvornik municipality in July 1995.
â€œWe sent a number of documents to Israeli authorities, including some very important pieces of evidence. It is interesting to note that we rarely send so many pieces of evidence prior to a person’s arrest, but we did so in this case because of our good cooperation with the Israeli authorities. Indeed, after we sent them the documents, they arrested him,â€ Halilagic told BIRN Justice Report.
Halilagic said that he could not estimate when Cvetkovic might be extradited, adding it was â€œup to the court in Israelâ€ to decide.
Israeli media have reported that Cvetkovic emigrated to the country in 2006 and was granted citizenship. Following his arrest, he was ordered into custody where he may be held for one month. â€œHa’arecâ€ magazine from Israel reported that his attorneys were given two weeks to study the extradition request and evidence against him.
Four former members of the Tenth Reconnaissance Squad of the VRS Main Headquarters are on trial before the State Court for murders committed on Branjevo military farm in July 1995. After having admitted guilt, Marko Boskic, former member of the Squad, was sentenced to ten years in prison for that same crime.