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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ethnic Cleansing 'Expert' First UN War Crimes Target

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- A Bosnian Serb was named Friday as the subject of the first international war-crimes investigation since the Nuremburg and Tokyo trials after World War II.


The UN Yugoslavia war-crimes tribunal said that the prosecutor, Richard Goldstone, wanted Germany to suspend proceedings against Dusan Tadic as his own office was investigating the case and planned to lay charges.


Tadic, 38, a Bosnian Serb, was arrested in Germany in February on suspicion of killing, beating and torturing Croat and Moslem prisoners at the Omarska prison camp and two other camps in the Prijedor region of northwest Bosnia.


He is also alleged to have taken part in ethnic cleansing operations during the 30-month Bosnian conflict.


Goldstone will ask the tribunal Nov. 8 for permission to lodge a formal request with Germany to take over the case. He will base his application on a preliminary investigation by Michael Keegan, an attorney at his office.


In a written declaration Keegan said: "Tadic did not hold a routine position at the (Omarska) camp, but was brought in, or allowed in, for the specific purpose of torturing and killing those non-Serbs perceived to be part of the leadership, or a prominent part, of the Moslem or non-Serb community.