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  8/2/2011, Av 2, 5771

Cvetkovic to Appeal Extradition


The attorney for Aleksandar Cvetkovic, the Bosnian Serb ordered, on Monday, to be extradited to his native country to stand trial on charges of genocide, says he plans to appeal the decision. Cvetkovic was arrested in January in the wake of a request for extradition by the Bosnia-Herzegovina government, after being indicted in Bosnia of engineering the deaths of over 1,000 Bosnian Muslims in the 10-day Srebrenica Massacre in 1995. Attorney Nick Kaufman said, “Almost no proof was offered against Cvetkovic. The main witnesses against him refused to testify in court and instead filed an affidavit. As a result, we cannot question this witness.”

Gal Levertov, director of the International Department of the Prosecutor's Office, said "The case has very clear evidence, and more evidence than is usual in such deportation cases.” He added that Cvetkovic was likely to receive a lengthy prison term if he is convicted in Bosnia-Herzegovina, but that the sentence would be lighter than would be imposed if the trial took place in Israel. The extradition is scheduled for two months from now. Cvetkovic has 30 days to appeal.