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Serbian war crimes suspect arrested in French Alps

Reuters/Danilo Krstanovic

A former member of a Serbian paramilitary unit that took part in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre has been arrested in France. Milorad Momic was arrested Monday in the French Alps, where he had been living for several years under an assumed name.

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Momic, 47, was arrested under an international arrest warrant Monday at dawn near Grenoble, in the south-west of France, as he was on his way to work.

He was living as Guy Monier, with false identification documents, and working for a company that renovated building facades.

A European warrant was issued by the Serbian authorities for Momic, who is wanted for crimes against humanity.

He was part of the Scorpions, a special unit controlled by the Serbian Interior Ministry, which took part in the killing of 8,000 Bosnians at Srebrenica in 1995.

Four members of the unit were convicted in Serbia in April 2007, and received sentences of up to 20 years in prison.

The Scorpions were involved in conflicts in Croatia between 1991 and 1995, in Bosnia between 1992 and 1995, and then in Kosovo during the 1998-1999 war.

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