DID YOU KNOW?  -- Three years before the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide, Serbs torched Bosniak villages and killed at least 3,166 Bosniaks around Srebrenica. In 1993, the UN described the besieged situation in Srebrenica as a "slow-motion process of genocide." In July 1995, Serbs forcibly expelled 25,000 Bosniaks, brutally raped many women and girls, and systematically killed 8,000+ men and boys (DNA confirmed).

20 January, 2010



In January 2009, we
launched a campaign to see Nedjo Ikonic behind bars on genocide charges. The Congress of North American Bosniaks sent a letter to Judge Lynn Adelman asking the Judge to "to order [Nedjo Ikonic's] deportation for prosecution by a panel of international judges under the jurisdiction of the Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina."

Since 2007, Nedjo Ikonic was on our list of suspects Getting Away With Genocide.

In February 2009, Ikonic was sentenced to 1 year in prison for lying on U.S. immigration forms about not participating in the genocidal Serb Army. Finally today, we see Nedjo Ikonic deported to Bosnia. You can read our coverage of Serb war criminals in the United States by clicking here. Here is the latest report from Reuters:

U.S. extradites Bosnian Serb suspected of genocide

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - The United States extradited to Bosnia on Wednesday a former Serb policeman suspected of taking part in genocide against Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995, Europe's worst massacre since World War Two.

A spokesman for the state prosecutor's office, Boris Grubesic, said 45-year-old Nedjo Ikonic had been arrested in the United States on an international arrest warrant.

He said Ikonic was a commander of a special police brigade operating within the Serb Republic interior ministry during the Bosnian 1992-95 war that claimed 100,000 lives.

"In 1995 Ikonic commanded the unit which together with the Bosnian Serb army controlled the roads to and out of the eastern town of Srebrenica," Grubesic told state radio.

Bosnian Serb forces, commanded by Gen. Ratko Mladic, killed about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys after the eastern town, which was a United Nations-protected safe zone, fell into their hands in 1995.

Most were killed while trying to escape through the woods, and were either shot or arrested and taken to places of execution before burial in mass graves.

The U.N. war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague has sentenced seven Bosnian Serbs for the Srebrenica massacre. Nine more are on trial.

Mladic is still on the run, 14 years after he was indicted.

Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, whose trial before the Hague-based court is adjourned until March, denies all 11 counts of war crimes relating to the Bosnian war, including the genocide at Srebrenica.

The Bosnian war crimes court, set up in 2005 to relieve the burden on the Hague-based tribunal, has put dozens of Bosnian Serbs on trial over Srebrenica. Twelve have been jailed, seven acquitted and seven are still being tried.

(Reporting by Maja Zuvela; Editing by Adam Tanner and Jon Boyle