Accused Croatian War Criminal Loses Effort to Block Australian Extradition Hearing

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Thursday, February 1, 2007
Bruce Zagaris
On December 8, 2006, accused Croatian war criminal Dragan Vasiljkovic’s bid to block a hearing in Australia on Croatia’s request for his extradition failed.1  Croatia requested Vasiljkovic’s extradition in connection with his alleged involvement in war crimes between 1991 and 1993.  Prosecutors accused Vasiljkovic of personally killing civilians and instructing others to commit murder during his tenure as commander of Serbian paramilitary forces.  Vasiljkovic allegedly directed his forces to fire on a civilian city, and personally kicked a civilian in the head, causing internal bleeding.             1              Dragan Loses Bid to Prevent Extradition Hearing, The Sydney Morning Herald, Dec. 8, 2006.