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Bosnian police arrested a Bosnian Serb former police officer suspected of genocide over the 1995 massacre of about 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in the town of Srebrenica, the state prosecutor's office said.

Dragan Crnogorac, 38, was arrested by the State Protection and Investigation Agency (SIPA) in the northern town of Banja Luka, the office said in a statement.

"It is suspected Crnogorac, as a member of the Jahorina police training centre, which operated within the Bosnian Serb Republic interior ministry, personally took part in the executions of Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and boys who had been detained in Srebrenica," the office said.

In Europe's worst atrocity since World War Two, Bosnian Serb forces killed about 8,000 Bosnian

Muslim men and boys in July 1995 after capturing the eastern town of Srebrenica, which was declared a United Nations-protected zone.

Victims were shot while trying to escape through woods or were seized and taken to places of execution before being buried in mass graves.

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague has sentenced 14 Bosnian Serbs for crimes related to the Srebrenica massacre.

The Bosnian war crimes court, set up in Sarajevo in 2005 to relieve the workload of The Hague-based tribunal, has put dozens of Bosnians, most of them Serbs, on trial for the Srebrenica killings. Twelve have been jailed, seven acquitted and 11 are still being tried.

The Srebrenica massacre is among the indictments against Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, whose trial is in progress in The Hague, and against his fugitive army chief Ratko Mladic, believed by prosecutors to be hiding in Serbia.

Credits: REUTERS (Reporting by Maja Zuvela; Editing by Daria Sito-Sucic and Matthew Jones;)

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Press release from the Office of the Prosecutor of Bosnia-Herzegovina follows:

A GENOCIDE SUSPECT APPREHENDED

15 November 2010.

Dragan Crnogorac (1972), suspected of having committed the criminal offense of Genocide under Article 171 of the CC BiH was deprived of liberty in the area of Banja Luka.

By order of the Prosecutor of the Special Department for War Crimes within the BiH Prosecutor's Office one Crnogorac Dragan, born on May 29, 1972 in Rastičevo - Kupres, citizen of BiH, was deprived of liberty in Banja Luka.

The suspect is under investigation by the Prosecutor of the Regional Team no. 6 of the Special Department for War Crimes within the BiH Prosecutor's Office and is suspected of committing the criminal offense of Genocide under Article 171 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the area of Srebrenica in July 1995.

Crnogorac Dragan is suspected to have, as a member of the police forces of the Jahorina Training Center – a part of the RS MoI, personally participated in the executions of captured Bosniak men and boys in the area of Srebrenica.

As instructed by the BiH Prosecutor Office, police officers of the State Investigation and Protection Agency - SIPA conducted the apprehension.

The suspect shall be handed over, within the legal deadline, to the Assigned Prosecutor of the Special Department for War Crimes within the BiH Prosecutor's Office who shall question the suspect and then decide whether to file a motion for custody.