ZAGREB, Croatia (AP)--Croatian police Friday arrested 10 ethnic Serbs suspected of being part of a wartime squad that committed atrocities across the former Yugoslavia during its breakup in the 1990's.
Police spokesman for eastern Croatia, Miroslav Janic, said the arrests were prompted by footage released by the U.N. war crimes tribunal two weeks ago showing the squad, known as the Scorpions, executing Muslim civilians in the Bosnian enclave Srebrenica in 1995.
"We have detained 10 people of Serb origin, who are Croatian citizens, on suspicion of being part of Scorpions units and being involved in war crimes," Janic told state-run radio.
He said that police found large caches of illegal weapons and military uniforms in the suspects' homes.
Janic said the men would remain in custody until the investigation was completed. If convicted, the men face up to 20 years in jail.
Sunday, Croat police arrested another 52-year-old Serb who was recognized from the footage of the Srebrenica executions.
Another six Scorpions members were arrested in Serbia in a dramatic raid only days after the Srebrenica killings were aired on local television.
The Scorpions fought in the Serbo-Croat war in 1991 before moving on to Bosnia and Kosovo. They also allegedly served as Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic's private police.
The suspects detained in Croatia can't be extradited to Serbia as Croatian law forbids the extradition of its citizens for trial in foreign countries apart from those indicted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal. [ 17-06-05 1647GMT ]