Bosnia rejects extradition request for alleged killer of Hamas engineer

Bosnia rejects extradition request for alleged killer of Hamas engineer

Court rules man wanted by Tunisia for suspected role in Mohamed Zouari’s killing cannot be extradited as there is no treaty between the countries

Slain Tunisian drone engineer Mohamed Zouari. (Screen capture: Aljazeera/YouTube)
Slain Tunisian drone engineer Mohamed Zouari. (Screen capture: Aljazeera/YouTube)

A Bosnian court on Thursday rejected a request from Tunisia to extradite a man wanted for his alleged involvement in the killing of a Tunisian engineer who was claimed by the Palestinian terror group Hamas as a member.

The court ruled that Elvir Sarac, who the judge said is accused by Tunisia of “instigating terrorist acts and of membership of a terrorist organization, as well as of harming public order and international security,” could not be sent to Tunisia as there is no extradition treaty between the countries, Reuters reported.

Sarac, a Tunisian citizen was arrested last week on an Interpol warrant, is one of two Bosnian nationals wanted by Tunisia for their alleged role in killing of Mohamed Zouari.

The other suspect has been identified as Alen Camdzic, who was arrested in Croatia in March. A Croatian court approved his extradition earlier this month, though the ruling is subject to appeal to the country’s Supreme Court.

Zouari, a dual citizen of Tunisia and Belgium, was killed in a hail of bullets outside his house in Tunisia’s second city Sfax in December 2016.

Members of the Hamas terror group’s military wing attend a memorial in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on January 31, 2017, for Mohamed Zouari, a 49-year-old Tunisian engineer and drone expert, who was killed at the wheel of his car outside his house in Tunisia in December 2016. (AFP Photo/Said Khatib)

Shortly after his death, Hamas said he was a drone expert who had worked for the “resistance” for a decade before being killed by “Zionist treachery.”

Israel refuses to respond to the allegations.

Israel has fought several wars with Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip and has vowed to destroy the Jewish state, and has been accused of assassinating members of the Islamist terror group’s members overseas in the past.

In November 2017, Zouari’s family denounced “silence” on the part of authorities and called on them to provide more details on the investigation into his killing.

Israel was also accused of being behind the assassination last month in Malaysia of Fadi al-Batsh, a Hamas scientist who was said to be a rocket-making expert. Family and friends of Batsh accused Israel’s Mossad spy agency of carrying out the killing in Kuala Lumpur on April 21.

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