No Extradition to Serbia

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An Austrian court has turned down Serbia’s request for the extradition of Jovan Divjak, a former general in the Bosnian army during the Bosnian war of 1991 to 1995.

The provincial court of Korneuburg decided that Divjak could not expect a fair trial in Belgrade as a lacking treaty on the exchange of evidence between Serbia and Bosnia would compromise his defense.

Serbia accuses Divjak of complicity in an attack on a Yugoslav National Army convoy during its retreat from Sarajevo in May 1992.

Divjak, who has been unable to leave Austria since his arrest and subsequent bail in March, has returned to Sarajevo where he heads an educational charity.

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