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Serbia: Authorities Transfer Colonel Wanted For Atrocities

The Hague, 2 July 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Serbian authorities have handed over to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague a colonel wanted for the massacre of 200 people in 1991. Late yesterday, UN tribunal spokesman Jim Landale said Veselin Sljivancanin has been flown to The Hague and is now in UN custody.

Sljivancanin was arrested last month after a 10-hour siege on his hideout in Belgrade. His arrest sparked a night of clashes between dozens of riot police and hard-line Serbian nationalists, who threw rocks and set cars on fire.

Sljivancanin was indicted in 1996 in connection with the killings near the Croatian town of Vukovar. The indictment says he engaged in "a joint criminal enterprise" with the aim of purging non-Serbs, principally Croats, from large areas of Croatia and Bosnia.