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Former Bosnian Serb Minister Extradited To Bosnia

18 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- An official in Bosnia today said a Bosnian Serb businessman arrested in Serbia-Montenegro has been extradited to Sarajevo to face charges of involvement in organized crime.

Prosecutor John McNair from the State Court's department on organized crime, corruption and terrorism said Momcilo Mandic was being held in custody in Sarajevo after being transferred to Bosnian custody late on 17 August.

Acting on a warrant from a Bosnian court, authorities arrested Mandic earlier on 17 August at his apartment in the coastal Montenegrin town of Budva.

Mandic served as the Bosnian Serb interior minister during the 1992-95 war and later became the owner of a bank in Bosnia.

Bosnia's top international official, Paddy Ashdown, revoked his bank's license last year, saying an investigation revealed Mandic had diverted public funds and possibly passed money to Bosnia's most wanted war-crimes fugitive, Radovan Karadzic.