Ex-Bosnian leader arrested at London airport

March 2, 2010 00:36


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LONDON — British police arrested a former senior Bosnian leader in London Monday on a Serbian warrant alleging he committed war crimes, to the outrage of Bosnian leaders who said the move undermined Bosnian sovereignty.

Ejup Ganic, 63, was arrested at London's Heathrow airport following an extradition request from Serbia that alleges he conspired to murder wounded soldiers, in breach of the Geneva Convention, police said. The former Bosnian vice president was trying to leave the UK when he was detained.

In Serbia, Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said Ganic had first been detained in London on Feb. 26 upon his arrival in Britain, but he was almost immediately released. He said Serbia had asked officials to explain why Ganic was released from custody.

Serbia has issued arrest warrants against Ganic and 18 others and blames them for the 1992 attack on a Yugoslav army convoy in Sarajevo in which more than 40 soldiers were killed.

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