BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a Vermont man accused of committing war crimes in his native Bosnia 21 years ago is accusing of trying to bribe alleged Bosnian witnesses.
In a motion filed last week in federal court in Vermont, the government says it’s been informed that Edin Sakoc has attempted to bribe Bosnian witnesses through intermediaries for testimony favorable to him.
Court filings say the 54-year-old Bosnian Muslim raped a Serbian woman, aided in the killings of two elderly women she had been caring for and burned the house where they were living.
The Burlington Free Press reports he’s accused of lying to immigration officials when he came to the United States as a refugee in 2001.
Sakoc, who lives in Burlington, has denied the charges.
As noted previously, Vermont: Bosnian Muslim War Criminal Arrested, Lied to Immigration:
According to the indictment filed in federal court, Sakoc of Burlington, Vt., committed the crime of naturalization fraud by giving false information about his commission of crimes and his participation in the persecution of Bosnian Serbs during the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
“While President Bill Clinton’s administration and his media sycophants painted the Serbian military as war criminals and supported the Croat and Muslim side in the conflict, we later discovered the Muslims were as brutal and merciless as—if not more brutal and merciless than—the Serbs,” said crime and terrorism analyst Bradley Schreiber.
The federal indictment alleges that in July 1992 Sakoc abducted, kidnapped, tortured and raped a Bosnian Serb woman and aided and abetted the brutal killing the rape victim’s elderly mother and aunt.
The suspect also allegedly aided and abetted arsonists involved in torching the victims’ family home.