Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Montenegro Native Arrested in Spain, Charged with Genocide, Rape, Torture During War in Bosnia

The Reuters website reports that Spanish police today (March 2, 2010) arrested a man on charges of genocide, rape, and torture committed during the civil war in the former Yugoslavia between 1992 and 1995.

Veselin Vlahovic, who was born in Montenegro in 1969, had three international arrest warrants pending against him, and was also wanted in Spain on charges ranging from armed robbery to burglary.

Known by the nickname of "Batko," Vlahovic is accused of hundreds of murders during the war in Bosnia, and was jailed after the conflict for an armed robbery in Montenegro in 1998.

Vlahovic had been at large since he escaped from the jail in 2001. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing a man in Serbia shortly after his escape.

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