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    More than 1,000 Vukovar residents gathered yesterday (Mon) evening in a prayer of support for the Homeland War veteran Tihomir Purda, who was arrested on January 5 on the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina on a warrant issued by Serbia.

    Purda is wanted by Serbia on suspicion of having committed war crimes against the wounded civilians in Vukovar’s borrough of Borovo Naselje in 1991 during the Homeland War (1991-1995). He was arrested while trying to cross the Zupanja-Orasje border checkpoint and is now waiting extradition from jail in the Bosnian town of Zenica.

    Four other veterans remain on Interpol’s warrants issued by Serbia, the daily Jutarnji List writes. Petar Janjic and Danko Maslov are also suspected of having committed war crimes in Vukovar, while Agim Cequa and Sinisa Misic are Croatian citizens wanted for crimes in Kosovo.

    The Serbian prosecutor for war crimes Vladimir Vukcevic and the the Minister of Justice Snezana Malovic are expected to meet the Croatian Minister of Justice Drazen Bosnjakovic and State Attorney Office chief Mladen Bajic this Wednesday to discuss the next steps.

    Malovic said it was not important where the suspects will be tried, but only that they should. The prosecution has claimed that there exists a "sufficient degree of suspicion" upon which the international warrant had been issued.

    Serbia’s war crimes prosecution has claimed they do not wish to cause problems in the region, but rather solve them, leading the Croatian daily Jutarnji List to speculate that Purda is likely to be tried in Croatia.

    But Purda's arrest has caused outrage amongst Croatia's veterans and many of the Vukovar's residents, who gathered last night in a vigil and a prayer of support.

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