SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Two Serbs deported to Bosnia for lying to U.S. immigration officers about their role in the 1991-95 Yugoslav war are to be charged with war crimes.
Mladen Blagojevic, 35, and Zdravko Bozic, 42, are the first Bosnian Serbs sent by U.S. authorities to their native Bosnia-Herzegovina to face charges of being involved in the massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in July 1995 at Srebrenica.
If found guilty, the two face jail terms between 10 to 45 years, Newsday reported Thursday.
Toby Cadman, a counsel to the chief prosecutor at the Bosnia state court in Sarajevo, told Newsday the U.S. move sends a message that those who have committed war crimes will be brought to justice regardless of where they are hiding.
Last week, U.S. authorities arrested 26 Bosnian Serbs for allegedly lying about their past during the ethnic wars in the former Yugoslavia. The arrests were carried out based on lists that U.S. authorities obtained from the U.N. tribunal for war crimes in the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, and the Bosnian Srebrenica commission.