Alleged war criminal in manhunt
DRAGAN Vasiljkovic, the man the Croatian Government wants to try over alleged war crimes, brought a whirlwind with him to Middle Boambee in the form of a covert federal police manhunt this week.
After a four-year legal battle, Captain Dragan, the former Serbian paramilitary commander during the ethnic conflict in the Balkans between 1991 and 1993, is now the subject of a High Court extradition order.
With a warrant for his arrest, AFP officers on Wednesday raided the property where Vasiljkovic has lived until recently under the name of ‘Daniel Snedden’.
The Attorney General’s Department said once found, Mr Snedden will be committed to prison awaiting a final determination on his extradition.
Vasiljkovic had been staying with local woman Nada Lukich-Bruce whose father reportedly served with him.
Close friend, George Bubalo said no one in the Serbian community has heard from Vasiljkovic since his disappearance.
“I’ve no idea if he is innocent or not. My only hope’s that he will get a fair trial in Croatia. Serbians honour this man as a war hero,” he said.
Vasiljkovic testified in the 2003 trial of Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic.
Three years ago, Vailjkovic was first arrested living in Perth as a golf coach before spending four years in a Sydney maximum security jail without charge.
AFP officers at the property told The Advocate Ms Lukich-Bruce did not want to comment on the matter and she would not be drawn into whether Captain Dragan had been detained.