Bosnian suspected of detainee abuse arrested in US

June 24, 2011 - 3:45 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) โ€” Federal authorities say a former Bosnian prison guard suspected of abusing Serb civilians faces naturalization fraud charges in Virginia.

An indictment unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke says 52-year-old Almaz Nezirovic (AL'-mahz nez-uh-ROH'-vick) "willfully caused great suffering and serious injury" to Serb detainees in 1992. At the time, Nezirovic was a member of the Croatian military and was serving as a guard at the Rabic camp.

After the war in the former Yugoslavia ended in 1995, Nezirovic sought refugee status in the United States, where he later applied for a green card and to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. According to the indictment, Nezirovic lied on his applications by falsely claiming he had not committed crimes outside the U.S.

Nezirovic is in federal custody.