Australia arrests Serb war crimes suspect Vasiljkovic

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A former Serbian paramilitary leader suspected of war crimes has been arrested in Australia.

Dragan Vasiljkovic was detained on the basis of information provided by the Netherlands, Australian officials said.

He is wanted in Croatia for allegedly committing atrocities during its 1991-1995 war of independence.

Mr Vasiljkovic, who is also an Australian citizen, denies committing war crimes but has admitted to killing people in combat.

Australian Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor said he would make a decision about Mr Vasiljkovic's extradition as soon as possible. In the meantime, he will be held in prison.

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