Federal prosecutors have charged a Bosnian Muslim with lying to U.S. immigration officials about involvement in war crimes, the VOA (Voice of America) News website reports today (July 29, 2013).
Edin Sakoc pleaded not guilty to the charges on July 26 during a court appearance in Burlington, Vermont. The judge ordered him to surrender his passport.
U.S. authorities say Sakoc took part in the murders of two elderly Bosnian Serb women and burned down their house during the Bosnian civil war in July 1992. He also allegedly raped the Bosnian Serb woman who was caring for the two.
If convicted of hiding this information when he sought U.S. citizenship, Sakoc faces up to 10 years in prison, a large fine, and loss of his U.S. citizenship.