Serbia has formally requested the extradition of a wartime Muslim Bosniak commander whose arrest this month in Switzerland threatens to overshadow the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.
Naser Oric, a Bosnian commander in the Srebrencia region, was acquitted by a U.N. court of war crimes against Bosnian Serb civilians in 2008.
However, his arrest in Switzerland on June 10 is the result of a Serbian warrant issued in February 2014.
The warrant claims he and four other individuals were involved in the 1992 death of nine Serbian nationals.
During the Bosnian War of the early 90s, Oric served as the commander in the Srebrencia region.
The U.N. "safe haven" fell to the Bosnian Serbs in July 1995.
In the days that followed, 8,000 Muslim males were massacred.
His arrest may yet derail plans by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic to attend the Srebrenica commemorations in Bosnia on July 11.
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