Dragan Vasiljkovic, also known as Daniel Snedden, has been extradited to Croatia to face war crime related charges.
Dragan Vasiljkovic, also known as Daniel Snedden, has been extradited to Croatia to face war crime related charges.

Serbian war suspect extradited to face war crimes court

FORMER Serbian paramilitary leader Dragan Vasiljkovic, who was found hiding out on the Coffs Coast in 2010, has been extradited from Australia to face war crimes in Croatia.

Mr Vasiljkovic, also known as Daniel Snedden, was last night extradited after spending five years in jail. 

He battled his extradition for a decade and spent some time at Boambee before he went on the run and was caught by Australian Federal Police on a yacht at Yamba in 2010.

Also known as Captain Dragan, and respected in the Serbian community for his service with the paramilitary unit the Red Berets during the Balkans War, Dragan Vasiljkovic, 60, has held Australian citizenship.

Vasiljkovic, an ally of Yugoslav dictator Slobodan Milosevic, fought in the Balkans War after serving as an Australian Army reservist.

He has been extradited to Croatia to answer war crime allegations of torture. Claims he has previously denied.

A statement on the Federal Attorney-General's Department website said: "Mr Vasiljkovic was provisionally arrested in Australia in January 2006".

"Since that time, Mr Vasiljkovic has exercised his right to challenge the extradition process in 13 separate matters. This included several unsuccessful applications to the High Court of Australia.".

"Criminal proceedings against Mr Vasiljkovic in Croatia are a matter for Croatian authorities."



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