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Former Bosnian war criminal, sentenced to 18-months and stripped of citizenship for lying on application

April 2, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Bosnian war criminal, sentenced to 18-months and stripped of citizenship for lying on application

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A judge in Florida sentenced a former Bosnian soldier to prison and stripped him of his U.S. citizenship after he was found guilty of lying on his application for naturalization. The former soldier omitted an indictment and conviction for war crimes off of his request for citizenship.

Slobo Maric, 56, was in a detention facility in Bosnia that detained Bosnian-Croatian prisoners of war. The Bosnian government charged him with criminal behavior after the war. He left Bosnia after the charges were filed, Breitbart Texas reported.

After he had resettled in the U.S., the Bosnian government convicted Maric in absentia for war crimes against prisoners during the dispute in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The plea stated that Maric served as a shift leader in a Bosnian detention facility. Many of the officers “routinely subjected detainees to physical abuse and humiliation,” officials with the ICE Homeland Security Investigations revealed. He chose prisoners and assigned guards to abuse them. The guards would frequently assault the prisoners with ethnic slurs, and by spitting on them.

He also participated in the abuse of many prisoners and would assign them to “dangerous and deadly work details” on the battlefield’s front lines, according to the Florida Times-Union.

In the plea, Maric confessed to knowing about the Bosnian court proceedings. He further acknowledged that he willingly omitted that information out of his citizenship application, which was approved back in 2002.

HSI agents worked with officials from ICE’s Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center to investigate the case.

“Homeland Security Investigation’s transnational investigative authorities helped ensure the horrific crimes he committed are not erased because he fled,” special agent in charge of HSI Tampa Susan L. McCormick said in a statement. “Protecting the immigration system is an important aspect of safeguarding our national security.”

Over the past fifteen years, ICE investigators apprehended almost four hundred individuals for human rights-related infractions of the law under criminal and immigration statutes. Moreover, ICE agents deported close to eight hundred human rights violators.

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