Brits Bust Quiet Locksmith Suspected in '91 War Crimes

Serb linked to brutal Balkan war massacres
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2008 2:38 PM CDT
Loubica Dokic arrives at the house in Corby, central England, of her husband Milorad Pejic, who was arrested on suspicion of war crimes.   (AP Photo/ David Jones, PA)
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(Newser) – A locksmith living quietly in northern England has been arrested for involvement in one of the most notorious massacres of the Balkan wars, reports the Times of London. Milorad Pejic, an ethnic Serb who now holds a British passport, faces trial for war crimes during the 87-day siege of Vukovar, the Croatian town where hundreds of men were tortured, murdered, and buried in mass graves.

Pejic is said to have been part of a territorial defense unit that launched "ethnic cleansing" in Vukovar. Members of the Serbian community in the small English town where he had been living expressed shock and disbelief. "From what we know about him, he is a genuine, lovely lad," said a member of the Orthodox church Pejic attended.