Bosnian MP arrested on suspicion of war crimes

Agence France-Presse July 19, 2013

Bosnia’s state security agency on Friday announced the arrest of a Muslim member of parliament suspected of war crimes against ethnic Serbs during the Balkan country’s civil war, local media said.

Semsudin Mehmedovic, whose SDA party represents the nation’s Muslim majority, is suspected of abusing ethnic Serbs as a police chief and making arbitrary arrests during the 1990s conflict, a spokeswoman for the agency told local media.

The crimes allegedly took place in 1992 and 1993 in Tesanj, 150 kilometres (93 miles) north of the capital Sarajevo, when Mehmedovic was the town’s police chief, spokeswoman Kristina Jozic said.

Mehmedovic, 52, was due to be handed to authorities on Friday, she added.

A probe into the case began last year, and three other suspects are still being investigated, she said.

Mehmedovic has been a member of parliament since 2006.

Bosnia was split into two entities following the war, which claimed the lives of 100,000 Croats, Bosnian Muslims and Serbs.

The two entities — the Serbs’ Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croat Federation — are linked by a parliament but have separate legislative, executive and judicial bodies.