Man suspected of Bosnian war crimes will change plea in Ohio

CLEVELAND – A change of plea hearing is scheduled for Ohio man accused of hiding the fact that he had been in a special police unit in Bosnia and took part in the Serbian massacre of more than 8000 Muslim Bosniaks during the 1995 genocide.

The U.S. government accused Oliver Dragic (DRAH’-gich) of the immigration fraud in a three-count federal indictment last year.

U. S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster scheduled a plea hearing for Thursday afternoon. A change of plea hearing is usually held when a defendant plans to plead guilty.

Darin Thompson, Dragic public defender, has declined to comment.

Prosecutors say Dragic, of Barberton in suburban Akron, made false statements on forms about his role in the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia at the request of the status of refugee in the U.S.

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