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Serb War Crimes Suspect Detained

June 7, 1999

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) _ NATO-led peacekeepers arrested a Bosnian Serb on Monday who is accused of killing and torturing prisoners at a detention camp.

NATO was preparing to transfer Dragan Kulundzija to the international court in The Hague, Netherlands, the alliance said. Kulundzija is charged with violations of the Geneva Convention and crimes against humanity.

Kulundzija, 32, served as a shift commander at a Bosnian Serb detention camp near the town of Prijedor, 110 miles northwest of Sarajevo. He was indicted in 1995 with 11 others.

The tribunal alleges that from about May 24, 1992 to about Aug. 30, 1992, Serb forces confined more than 3,000 Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats ``in inhumane conditions″ at the Keraterm prison camp, located in a former ceramics factory and storage complex.

The tribunal says detainees at Keraterm ``were killed, sexually assaulted, tortured, beaten and otherwise subjected to cruel and inhuman treatment.″

If convicted, Kulundzija could be sentenced to up to life in prison.

The tribunal has publicly indicted 84 Bosnian Serbs, Croats and Muslims on war crimes charges, and secretly indicted others. Twenty-five suspects are in custody in The Hague; seven have been convicted, and one has been acquitted.

Charges were dropped against 18 suspects, and six died before they could be tried.

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