Naser Oric, a Bosnian Muslim wartime commander and former bodyguard of Slobodan Milosevic, was handed over to the Yugoslav tribunal today to face allegations of war crimes against the Serbs.
Oric was captured in a lightning sweep by Nato-led forces last night in Tuzla. He arrived in the Netherlands this morning and was taken into custody at the UN detention unit.
The 35-year-old was the wartime army commander in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, the site of the worst massacre of civilian Muslims during the 1992-1995 war.
Although widely credited at home for defending Muslims from Serb attackers, Oric faces allegations of “murder, cruel treatment, wanton destruction and plunder,” the tribunal said. He will be brought before a UN judge on Tuesday and will be asked to plead to the charges.
Several Bosnian Serbs were indicted for genocide in connection with the Srebrenica massacre, including Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic and his general, Ratko Mladic, who are both still at large.
Nato Secretary General George Robertson said “net is closing” on them both.
Oric joins 47 other suspects currently in proceedings at the UN court in The Netherlands, including Milosevic.