18:27 / 27.01.2023.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Serb war criminal arrested in Ohio



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Along with a long list of Serb war criminals that have not been brought to justice for crimes they committed during the Serb and Yugoslav People’s Army aggression against Croatia in the early 1990’s, Croatia is also still searching for the remains of more than 1 800 civilians and soldiers still listed as missing from the Homeland War. So far Serbia has refused to provide information as to their final resting place.

US authorities arrested Serb war criminal Jugoslav Vidić in Ohio on Thursday. In 1998 Vidić was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison for the brutal murder of Stjepan Komes in Petrinja. In September of 1991 Vidić had pulled Komes out of a group of Croat prisoners and cut off his right hand, because he had previously shaken hands with Croatian President Franjo Tuđman. Komes bled out from the wound. His remains were exhumed and identified after Operation Storm and the liberation of Serb occupied territory.

When entering the United States Vidić hid from US authorities that he had served in the Serb para-military group linked to the self-proclaimed Serb proto-state of Republic of Serbian Krajina. He also failed to inform them that he was convicted of a war crime in Croatia. Vidić immigrated to the United States in the 1990's claiming to be a refugee.

Meanwhile, back in Croatia, the Sovereigntists Party has requested the urgent convening of a session of Parliament's Committee for Domestic Policy and National Security due to the invitation of Croatian police officers to be registered in the military records in Serbia.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Sovereigntists MP Marijan Pavliček said that since October of last year, about 15 Croatian policemen from the Vukovar-Srijem and Osijek-Baranja Police Departments, all of whom are ethnic Serbs and hold dual Croatian and Serbian citizenship, received invitations from Serbia for recruitment. His party colleague Željko Sačić said that at the session The Committee must uncover what Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Davor Božinović, Police Chief Nikola Milina and the Security and Intelligence Agency and the Military Security and Intelligence Agency, know about the matter.

Source: HRT

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