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16 August 2013 - Media release

INTERPOL collaboration leads to extradition of Srebrenica massacre suspect

LYON, France – A suspect in mass killings at the time of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre has been extradited from Israel to Bosnia and Herzegovina following international collaboration via INTERPOL.

The extradition of Aleksandar Cvetković followed a request by the Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina investigating his alleged role as a member of a firing squad in the killing of more than 800 people on a farm in Branjevo, on July 16, 1995, during the 1992-95 Balkans war. Cvetković is reported to have been a former member of the 10th Sabotage Detachment belonging to the Bosnian Serb Army.

The Branjevo killings were part of a larger massacre of some 8,000 men and boys following the fall of Srebrenica in July 1995.

With Aleksandar Cvetković the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for internationally-wanted persons, his extradition followed close collaboration between INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in Jerusalem and Sarajevo and INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit which led to Cvetković being located in Israel in 2010, and arrested there in January 2011.

FIS further coordinated actions between the Israeli Ministry of Justice, the Bosnia and Herzegovina War Crimes Prosecution Service and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) so as to provide Israeli authorities with investigative, historical and legal background assistance to help secure Cvetković’s provisional arrest with a view to his extradition to Bosnia.

FIS also requested Israeli authorities to flag Cvetković as an internationally wanted person at Israeli borders to prevent his possible flight from the country.

“The successful extradition from Israel to Bosnia and Herzegovina of Aleksandar Cvetković again highlights the need for countries to use regional and international policing tools to prevent fugitives from evading the charges they face,” said Stefano Carvelli, Assistant Director of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit.

“Thanks to the efforts of authorities in Israel and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and of the ICTY, in working closely with INTERPOL, this case demonstrates what can be achieved through international law enforcement collaboration,” added Mr Carvelli.

INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France has been supporting investigations by member countries and International Criminal Tribunals and Courts into war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity since 1994, liaising closely with its network of specialist investigators and NCBs in the exchange of information and leads.