Man suspected of Bosnian war crimes will change plea in Ohio
CLEVELAND (AP) — A change of plea hearing is scheduled for an Ohio man accused of hiding the fact that he had been in a special police unit in Bosnia and took part in the Serb massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim Bosnians during the 1995 genocide.
The U.S. government accused Oliver Dragic (DRAH’-gich) of immigration fraud in a three-count federal indictment last year.
U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster scheduled the plea hearing for Thursday afternoon. A change of plea hearing is typically held when a defendant plans to plead guilty.
Darin Thompson, Dragic’s public defender, has declined to comment.
Prosecutors say Dragic, of Barberton in suburban Akron, made false statements on forms about his role in ethnic cleansing in Bosnia while applying for refugee status in the U.S.