Trial starts for man accused of war crimes in Bosnia

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Posted: Jan 14, 2015 8:52 AM

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Bosnian war crimes suspect living in Vermont is on trial in federal court.

If convicted, 55-year-old Edin Sakoc could be deported. Prosecutors allege Sakoc lied about being involved in war crimes against a Bosnian Serb family in 1992 when he came to the United States.

The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/17H82WQ) attorneys played videotaped testimony of a man who said two men kidnapped his niece and killed two other female relatives. Prosecutors allege Sakoc was one of the men.

Sakoc's lawyer said the alleged accomplice is the person who is guilty.

Sakoc is charged with lying to immigration officials when he entered the United States in 2001 and lying again when he applied to become a naturalized citizen in 2007.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com