France Arrest Srebrenica War Crimes Suspect

Milorad Momic, a former Serbian paramilitary suspected of taking part in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of nearly 8,000 Muslims in Bosnia, has been arrested in southeastern France. A judge will decide this week whether he will be extradited to Serbia.

Momic, 47, was arrested on an international warrant issued by Serbia for crimes against humanity. He was living and working in France under a false identity, married to a French woman. He is being held at Varces prison, near the city of Grenoble, while the extradition request is being processed.

Momic was part of a paramilitary group called the Scorpions. Four Scorpion members were given sentences of up to 20 years by a Serbian court in 2007 after a video emerged of them shooting captured Muslims at Srebrenica.

After capturing the then UN-protected enclave on July 11, 1995, Bosnian Serbs summarily executed around 8,000 Muslim men and boys in just a few days.

France has had a good record recently of arresting war crimes suspects on its soil. We hope other countries will take an example from them.

We will be following this case very closely.

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