Extradition hearing begins for former Bosnian V.P. Ganic

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An extradition hearing for former Bosnian Vice President Ejup Ganic started Monday, the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court confirmed.

London Metropolitan Police arrested Ganic at Heathrow Airport in March at Serbia's request. He is wanted in Serbia for conspiracy to murder in breach of the Geneva Conventions, a spokesman at Britain's Foreign Office said in March.

Ganic's lawyer, Stephen Gentle, denied Ganic had any role in the 1992 killings in question and in April, Gentle told CNN that "the extradition request is politically motivated. It is legally flawed and he has nothing to hide."

Ganic was the vice president of Bosnia during the civil war there between 1992 and 1995 and was twice president of the Bosnian-Croat Federation in the years following the 1995 Dayton peace agreement. Many independent commentators at the time regarded Ganic as a relative moderate in the wartime Bosnian leadership....

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