BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - An Argentine judge on Wednesday ordered the extradition of a Serbian war crimes suspect charged with a string of notorious killings during the Bosnian War.
A spokesman for federal Judge Jorge Urso told The Associated Press that Milan Lukic, 38, will be extradited to the Hague, Netherlands, where he was indicted in 2000 by a U.N. war crimes tribunal.
Lukic is charged in the U.N. indictment with organizing a paramilitary group that executed at least 135 Bosnian Muslims in the territory of Visegrad and elsewhere in Bosnian Serb-controlled areas between May 1992 and October 1994.
In July 2005, a Serbian court sentenced Lukic in absentia to 20 years in prison for his role in the torture and execution of 16 Muslims who were abducted from a bus in eastern Serbia in 1992 and taken to Bosnia. Their bodies were dumped in the Drina River.
Lukic was arrested last August in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, after being on the run since the late 1990s.
He acknowledged being the person sought by the international tribunal but denied the charges against him.
In May 2005, Argentine authorities arrested another Serbian war crimes suspect, Nebojsa Minic, the alleged commander of the notorious "Lightning" unit that operated in the Serbian province of Kosovo during the 1998-99 war. Minic died in October at a hospital in western Argentina.