Barberton man involved in ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia sentenced to prison time

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BARBERTON, Ohio– A Barberton man who lied about his role in the murder of a Croatian couple was sentenced to two years in prison.

Slobodan Mutic, 53, will be deported to Croatia to stand trial for human rights violations after serving his prison sentence. The former soldier of the now-defunct Republika Serbian Krajina pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly and willingly possessing a U.S. Immigration form that was forged.

“Our nation welcomes refugees, not human rights criminals,” said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, in a news release on Wednesday. “This defendant lied his way into this nation and does not deserve the privileges and freedoms this great nation offers. It is now up the legal system to ensure that he will be held to account for any of his actions in a proper court once he is returned to his home country.”

The U.S. Department of Justice said Mutic lied on his immigration forms when he claimed he had never engaged in genocide or killing based on a person’s race.

During a 1992 interview, Mutic said he participated in the murder of Stjepan and Paula Cindric. According to the Department of Justice, the Cindrics were targeted because of their ethnicity.

Mutic is wanted for other crimes in Croatia.