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Serbian Ex-Paramilitary Commander Denies Charges In Croatian War Crimes Trial

Dragan Vasiljkovic (right) looks on prior to the trial in Split on September 20.

A former Serbian paramilitary commander has gone on trial in Croatia, accused of committing war crimes during the country's 1991-95 war.

Dragan Vasiljkovic, also known as Captain Dragan, pleaded not guilty at the start of his trial on September 20.

He is accused of torturing and killing captive Croatian soldiers and police officers in the Serbian rebel stronghold of Knin in 1991 and in Bruska in 1993, and of drawing up a plan to attack the police station in Glina and neighboring villages in July 1991.

The charges carry a maximum 20-year prison sentence.

Vasiljkovic was arrested in 2006 in Australia, where he worked as a golf instructor under the name Daniel Snedden.

He was sent to Croatia in July 2015 after losing a nine-year legal battle to block his extradition.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters