SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Police have arrested eight Bosnian Croats suspected of having committed war crimes during the 1992-95 conflict in Bosnia.
A statement from the prosecution office said Thursday the men were members of the Bosnian Croat armed forces and that they are suspected of having arrested and tortured some 200 Bosniak civilians, including women and minors.
Muslim Bosniaks, Catholic Croats and Christian Orthodox Serbs fought a three-way war over the country's independence after Yugoslavia fell apart. The conflict left 100,000 people dead and half of the population displaced. At first, Bosniaks and Croats were allies but they turned against each other in 1993. Croat forces expelled Bosniaks from the areas they controlled in the south. The suspects allegedly arrested the civilians and tortured them in a jail in the town of Ljubiski.