Australia’s Department of Home Affairs has revealed that war criminals, as well as immigrants alleged to have committed crimes of grave international concern, will henceforth have their visas canceled and will be deported immediately.
This is a sequel to the revelation that two convicted war criminals and an alleged war criminal who partook in the slaughtering of 43 people during the Balkans war had been residing in the country for decades, as reported by The Australian.
Following accusation of war crimes in Skabrnja in August 1991, one of the men, 60-year-old Zoran Tadic – a paramilitary commander, in a bid to avoid deportation to Croatia fled to Serbia last month, leaving his western Sydney’s home. A man, Marinko Pozder, in Tadic’s paramilitary unit is also expected to flee his home in Green Valley.
Miroslav Mlinar, the third on the list, went back to Belgrade in 2002 but moves freely between Serbia and Australia since he still has Australian citizenship.
The Untouchable leader of the park
In 1995, Croatian Supreme Court gave both Pozder and Mlinar 20 years jail term each in Absentia following their conviction in the Skabrnja atrocity.
Following Croatia’s mid-January announcement of charges against Tadic in matters of war crimes, Tadic expressed his shock and disappointment stating that the only thing he did was to assist both Croatia and Serbia during his command, his lawyer said to The Australian.
But Serbian intelligence documents which categorically identify Tadic as the leader of the murder group has been leaked to newsmen. The same documents declared him untouchable.
Australia Department of Home Affairs has now revealed that laws that will see visas of war criminals canceled, followed by immediate deportation, are being drafted.
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