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May 24, 2022

Austria holds ex-Bosnia general Divjak on Serb warrant

A former Bosnian army general has been arrested in Austria and faces extradition to Serbia on war crimes charges, BBC informs. Serbia says Jovan Divjak was involved in an attack that killed dozens of mainly Serbian soldiers leaving the Bosnian capital Sarajevo in 1992. Gen Divjak was a Serbian colonel who defected at the start of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. He is expected to appeal against the extradition request, officials said. Gen Divjak was taken into custody by Austrian police at Vienna airport following a flight from Sarajevo. He could be held for several weeks while Austria obtains and examines documents supporting Serbia’s extradition request, officials said. Bosnian Foreign Minister Sven Alkalaj said the country’s ambassador had been sent to offer Gen Divjak assistance. In the Bosnian capital on Friday, several hundred people gathered in front of the Austrian Embassy to protest against the arrest. But nationalist Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik welcomed the move, saying: “He participated in and commanded war crimes.”

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