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Serb War Crimes Suspect Surrenders

April 21, 2003

BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) _ A former Yugoslav army captain, long sought by the U.N. war crimes court for alleged atrocities in the 1991 Croatian war, surrendered to Serbian authorities, police sources said Monday.

Capt. Miroslav Radic, accused along with two other former officers of a massacre of more than 200 civilians and prisoners of war during Croatia’s war for independence, surrendered in Belgrade, the Beta news agency reported. Police sources confirmed the report on condition of anonymity.

Radic was part of an army unit commanded by Gen. Mile Mrksic that besieged the eastern Croatian city of Vukovar in 1991 and shelled it for months.

Radic is expected to be extradited to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, following a routine judicial procedure. Radic had been on the run ever since being indicted by the U.N. tribunal in late 1995.

Mrksic surrendered last year and has pleaded innocent. The third man sought in the Vukovar massacre, Col. Veselin Sljivancanin, remains at large.

The indictment against the three officers alleges that troops under their command removed at least 200 non-Serbs from the Vukovar hospital in November 1991 and transported them to a nearby pig farm, where most of them were shot and buried in a mass grave.

Croats consider Vukovar, located near Croatia’s eastern border with Serbia and Montenegro _ the successor to Yugoslavia, a symbol of Serb wartime cruelty.

Serbia has been under Western pressure to ensure that all Serb war crimes suspects are brought to justice or it risks losing financial aid and other support.

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