Wanted war criminal arrested in Utica

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. - A Utica man was arrested early Wednesday morning by federal law enforcement pursuant to an extradition request from the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Authorities say the man is wanted in his home country for crimes that he committed while commanding a platoon in the Army of the Autonomous Province of Western Bosnia.

Sulejman Mujagic, 50, of Utica, has been charged in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the unlawful killing of the enemy and unlawful wounding and torture of a prisoner of war.

The charges stem from his actions during a battle on March 6, 1995, where he allegedly murdered a captured soldier and tortured another captured soldier who were fighting on behalf of the army of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mujagic, a lawful permanent resident of the United States, moved to Utica in July 1997. He is now pending extradition to face charges abroad.

Law enforcement activities in the United States were handled by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Other federal, state and local law enforcement participated in Wednesday's arrest, including: U.S. Marshals Service, New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force; Utica Police Department; and Oneida County Sheriff's Office.

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