US moves to strip citizenship from two war criminals

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — Federal authorities on Wednesday began legal proceedings to strip U.S. citizenship from two Bosnians, including one living in Oregon, for war crimes including executing civilians during that country’s civil war in the 1990s.The move by the U.S. Justice Department comes years after Rasema Handanovic and Edin Dzeko were extradited and later convicted by courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011. After serving her sentence, Handanovic returned to Beaverton, Ore., according to a statement from the Justice department, while Dzeko has not yet been released by Bosnian authorities.The department filed denaturalization lawsuits against the pair in federal courts in Oregon and the District of Columbia Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately clear if Handanovic has an attorney in Oregon, and information about an attorney for Dzeko was not immediately available.Members of the same military unit during the civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990’s, the pair were convicted of executing civilians and unarmed soldiers during a massacre in the tiny mountain village of Trusina.The larger conflict between Bosnia’s three main groups — Muslims, Serbs and Croats — lasted from 1992 until 1995, killed 260,000 people and displaced forced 1.8 million more to flee. Muslims and Croats were allied against the Serbs at the start of the war, but they became enemies when Croat forces sought to capture territory held by the Bosnian army.last_img read more