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Trial for war crimes suspect set for January

July 29, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Bosnian war crimes suspect living in Vermont is slated to go on trial in federal court in January.

If convicted, 55-year-old Edin Sakoc could be deported.

Sakoc is charged with lying to immigration officials when he entered the United States in 2001 as a refugee by telling them he had not committed any crimes in Bosnia. He is also charged with lying a second time in 2007 when he applied to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.

He has pleaded not guilty

Prosecutors allege Sakoc was involved in war crimes against a civilian Bosnian Serb family in 1992.

Attorneys will interview witnesses in Bosnia in October.

The Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/1s2dTLi ) reports the questioning will be monitored by U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions in Burlington via closed-circuit television.

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