Everett, Wash., man agrees to face trial in Bosnia

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Posted: Nov 16, 2011 12:06 PM
Everett, Wash., man agrees to face trial in Bosnia

A Washington state man who came to the United States in 2001 has agreed to return to Bosnia to face a war crimes trial.

Edin Dzeko of Everett appeared in federal court Tuesday in Seattle for the extradition hearing.

He's accused of being a member of a Bosnian execution squad that killed Croat civilians and disarmed soldiers captured by Bosnian forces in 1993 during the civil war in the former Yugoslavia.

The 39-year-old Dzeko told the judge he is eager to go back to Bosnia and clear his name.

The Daily Herald reports ( http://bit.ly/sIiTcW) more than 30 of Dzeko's friends and relatives exchanged smiles and thumbs-up with him in the courtroom. If convicted he faces 10 years in prison.

After coming to the United States, Dzeko became a U.S. citizen. He worked as groundskeeper at naval facilities in Everett until his arrest in April.