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Fourth Suspected War Criminal Surrenders

By Linda D. Kozaryn
American Forces Press Service

BRUSSELS, March 6, 1998 – A fourth Bosnian Serb war criminal indicted by the International Crimes Tribunal for Yugoslavia voluntarily surrendered March 4 to NATO stabilization forces in Bosnia.

Dragoljub Kunarac, 37, turned himself in to French and German forces in southeastern Bosnia. The tribunal has charged Kunarac with orchestrating sexual assaults against Bosnian women, including personally raping two women and a 15-year-old girl.

Kunarac is the fourth indicted war criminal to surrender in the past month. Simo Zaric, charged with driving Bosnian Croats and Bosnian Muslims out of the northern town of Bosanski Samac while he was head of police there, turned himself in Feb. 24. Ten days earlier, Milan Simic and Miroslav Taric also surrendered. Simic and Taric are also charged with crimes against non-Serbs in Bosanski Samac.

Kunarac's surrender brings to 24 the number of indictees now in The Hague, Netherlands, according to tribunal officials. Fifty indicted war criminals remain at large, including former Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic.

NATO Secretary General Javier Solana welcomed Kunarac's surrender and said he hopes other indicted war criminals still at large will follow his example. Solana also called upon the parties to the peace agreement to meet their obligation to transfer indicted war criminals to the tribunal.

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