Croatian cleared for return in war crimes case

A federal magistrate judge has cleared the way for a Croatian woman to be extradited to Bosnia-Herzegovina to face charges that she committed war crimes there in 1992.

Magistrate Judge Robert Wier ruled on Friday that treaties are in place to allow 52-year-old Azra Basic (BAH'-sihk) to be returned to that country.

In statements provided by prosecutors, 26 witnesses alleged acts of torture at three camps near the Serbian-majority settlement of Cardack in Derventa. Witnesses identified Basic as a soldier in the Croatian army and said she killed one prisoner and tortured others by forcing them to drink human blood and gasoline and having them kneel on broken glass.

The U.S. State Department has the final decision about whether to extradite Basic.

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