Naser Oric to be extradited to Bosnia

Switzerland says Bosnian commander Naser Oric to be extradited to Bosnia

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Bosnian war commander Naser Oric will be extradited by the Swiss government, said the Swiss Federal office of Justice on Thursday.

"In simplified proceedings, the Federal Office of Justice today approved the extradition of Naser Oric to Bosnia and Herzegovina," said the Swiss justice office in a statement.

The statement also said that the time of extradition will not be revealed because of security and privacy reasons.

"It is good that Naser will be extradited to Bosnia. I believe that once again the court in Bosnia will prove that he is an innocent man, though it's been already proved in The Hague," said Munira Subasic, president of the association of "Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa enclaves" to Anadolu Agency.

Serbian Ministry of Justice submitted a request for Oric’s extradition, following that the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina requested Switzerland to not extradite its citizens and Bosnian war commander, Naser Oric.

Oric, a former brigadier in Srebrenica during the 90s war, was arrested on June 10 in Berne, Switzerland when he went there on the invitation of the Bosnian diaspora to attend an event on 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide in which 8,372 Muslim men, women and children were killed.

Although the Appellate Chamber of the Hague Tribunal had acquitted Oric in 2008, Serbian Office of Chief Prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for him in 2014 on charges of allegedly committing war crimes against Serbs in 1992 and 1993.

Oric was arrested by Swiss authorities on the basis of an Interpol warrant issued from Belgrad and his detention was reportedly extended to 14 days.

The arrest of Oric had led the Serbian president to cancel his officially scheduled visit to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo.

Oric commanded the Army of the Republic of Bosnia forces in Srebrenica enclave in eastern Bosnia during the Bosnian war between 1992-1995.

The Srebrenica genocide, widely viewed as the worst atrocity on European soil since World War Two, was the culmination of a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the forces of Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic aimed at carving out a Serbian state from ethnically mixed Bosnia.

TRTWorld and agencies