NATO-led troops arrest Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect

Sunday, July 7th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) _ NATO-led peacekeepers in Bosnia on Sunday arrested a Bosnian Serb who was the top civilian administrator in a U.N.-protected enclave where up to 8,000 Muslim were killed seven years ago.

In a statement late Sunday, NATO said Miroslav Deronjic was arrested at 5 p.m. in his house in Bratunac, eastern Bosnia.

Deronjic's wife, Danica, told local radio that some 20 armed people in civilian clothes arrived in two vans and took her husband away.

Toward the end of the 1992-95 Bosnian war, Bosnian Serb troops killed thousands in the Srebrenica enclave in Europe's worst massacre since World War II.

NATO said that Deronjic has been indicted by the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, for crimes against humanity.

According to the statement, Deronjic, acting in a civilian role, allegedly was also involved in the 1992 razing of the village Glogova, near Srebrenica. Sixty Bosnian Muslims were killed in that operation.

Deronjic was processed for immediate transfer to The Hague, NATO said.