US man charged with immigration fraud for hiding past Bosnian war crimes

Amy Forliti / The Associated Press
May 7, 2014 02:57 PM

MINNEAPOLIS - A U.S. man who allegedly participated in war crimes during the Bosnian war has been arrested on immigration fraud charges.

Authorities say 45-year-old Zdenko Jakisa was arrested Wednesday for failing to disclose his military service and crimes he committed in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the conflict there in the 1990s.

According to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, Jakisa is a former member of the armed forces of the Croatian Defence Council in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Authorities say records and witnesses from Bosnia show he committed crimes that he didn't disclose on his refugee or green card applications.

Authorities say those crimes include killing an elderly Bosnian Serb woman and kidnapping and assaulting a Bosnian Muslim man in 1993.

The attorney who represented him at his first court appearance didn't immediately return a message.


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