Former paramilitary leader Milan Lukic, who is already serving a jail sentence for war crimes, was charged with involvement in the abduction and killing of 20 passengers seized from a train in Strpci in Bosnia in 1993.
The Bosnian state prosecution on Friday charged Milan Lukic, the wartime leader of the Avengers paramilitary group, with crimes against 20 passengers who were abducted from a train at Strpci station near Visegrad in eastern Bosnia in February 1993 and then murdered.
The prosecution said in a statement that â€œ18 Bosniaks, citizens of Serbia and Montenegro from the Sandzak areaâ€, plus one Croat from Belgrade and one â€œunknown person of Arab descentâ€, were seized from the train which was halted at the station by Bosnian Serb soldiers as it was travelling from Belgrade to Bar in Montenegro.
Lukic, along with several Bosnian Serb soldiers, then â€œparticipated in taking the abducted people to a school in Prelovo, where they were beaten, tortured, abused and robbedâ€, the statement said.
They were then taken to the village of Musici, where Lukic â€œpersonally participated in the murder of the abducted people, whose bodies were dumped in the Drina Riverâ€, it added.
The remains of four of the victims have been found, but the others are still missing.
Lukic was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Hague Tribunal in 2012 for participating in the murders and expulsions of Bosniak civilians in Visegrad in 1992 and 1993, but not for the Strpci deaths.
He was convicted of involvement in two of the warâ€™s most notorious massacres, in which a total of 120 women, children and elderly people in Pionirska Street in Visegrad and the townâ€™s Bikavac neighbourhood were burned alive in June 1992.
He is currently serving his sentence in Estonia.
Ten former Bosnian Serb soldiers are currently on trial at the Bosnian state court in Sarajevo for the Strpci abductions and massacre.
Another ex-soldier, Mico Jovicic, was sentenced to five years in prison after concluding a plea agreement with the Bosnian prosecution.
Five more Bosnian Serbs are currently on trial for the same crime in Belgrade.
In September 2002, a court in Montenegro sentenced Avengers paramilitary group member Nebojsa Ranisavljevic to 15 years in prison for taking part in the abduction and killings.
The Lukic indictment has been forwarded to the Bosnian state court for confirmation.