Six Bosnian Serb wartime military commanders were arrested on Wednesday for their roles in war crimes against Croats and Bosniaks, committed in the Kotor-Varos area of northern Bosnia and Herzegovina during the country's 1992-1995 war, prosecutors said.
The suspects arrested are: Slobodan Zupljanin (58), Bosko Peulic (68), Aleksandar Petrovic (45), Manojlo Tepic (55), Janko Trivic (67) and Nedeljko Djekanovic (57). They had served in positions ranging from battalion to brigade commanders.
All non-Serbs were driven out of the municipality during the war and at least 300 were killed during an ethnic cleansing campaign. Serb forces expelled an estimated 5,000 civilians from their homes, burning and looting their properties.
The arrests were the result of an investigation initiated by the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which had referred the case to Bosnia and Herzegovina.