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Australia Set to Extradite 'Captain Dragan'

TU No 445, 24-Mar-06
By IWPR
A representative of the Australian state attorney's office also confirmed the decision.



Vasiljkovic still has recourse to Australia 's Supreme Court, however, where the Reuters news agency reports that his case will be heard on April 13.



During the war in Croatia, Vasiljkovic is alleged to have been the commander of a special Serb paramilitary unit and to have run a military training centre.



A county court in the Croatian town of Sibenik has confirmed an indictment against Vasiljkovic for breaches of the Geneva conventions. He is suspected of torturing and killing captured Croatian soldiers and police in Knin in June and July 1991, and in Bruska – near Benkovac – in February 1993.



He is also charged with planning attacks on Glina and two nearby villages, in cooperation with the commander of a tank unit of the Yugoslav People's Army. Civilians, including a foreign journalist, are said to have been killed and injured and forced to flee. Property was also allegedly plundered and civilian buildings destroyed.



During a press conference that he organised last year, Vasiljkovic dismissed the accusations.



He was arrested in Sydney on January 20, under an international arrest warrant issued by Croatia, and has been in custody ever since.

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