- The Washington Times - Monday, June 26, 2000

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina British peacekeepers arrested a leading Serbian war-crimes suspect and flew him to the Netherlands yesterday to stand trial on charges of massacring Muslim and Croatian prisoners during the Bosnian war.
Dusko Sikirica, 36, was indicted by the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague in July 1995 for crimes against humanity, war crimes and other offenses. He was flown yesterday afternoon to the Netherlands and transferred to the Scheveningen detention facility in The Hague.
Tribunal officials said he was expected to appear in court by Wednesday.
A NATO statement said he was arrested early yesterday. A statement by the British Defense Ministry confirmed the arrest was carried out by British soldiers at Mr. Sikirica's home in the Bosnian Serb town Prijedor.
The Bosnian Serb Interior Ministry said armed men drove in four vehicles to Mr. Sikirica's home, broke down the door, shoved him to the floor, bound him and dragged him away. Mr. Sikirica's wife and two children were in the house at the time but were not injured.
The 1995 indictment said more than 3,000 Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats were held at a former ceramics factory at Keraterm, where detainees "were killed, sexually assaulted, tortured, beaten and otherwise subjected to cruel and inhuman treatment."
In one incident, guards systematically machine-gunned inmates in one room in July 1992, the indictment said. When guards learned that a few prisoners had escaped the carnage, 20 detainees were selected and summarily executed, the indictment said.
The tribunal prosecution argued that as camp commander, Mr. Sikirica was responsible for all actions taken by his subordinates.
Tribunal spokesman Paul Risley said three others charged in connection with the Keraterm camp were already in custody.
Mr. Sikirica is among several leading Bosnian Serbs arrested in recent months by NATO, which has come under criticism for allowing indicted suspects to remain free years after the Bosnian war ended in 1995.

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