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Jury to Consider Bosnian War Crimes Case

Bosnian man living in Vt. charged with lying about his role in series of war crimes in his home country

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The case of a Vermont man accused of committing war crimes in his native Bosnia 21 years ago and lying to U.S. immigration authorities about them is headed to a jury.

If convicted, 55-year-old Edin Sakoc could be stripped of his U.S. citizenship and deported.

In closing arguments Thursday, federal prosecutors alleged Sakoc lied when he denied being involved in war crimes against a Bosnian Serb family in the summer of 1992 during the Bosnian civil war.

He is accused of raping a woman, aiding in the killings of two elderly women she had been caring for and burning down the house where they were staying.

Defense attorneys say the witnesses' stories were inconsistent, and another person committed the crimes.

Sakoc came to the United States in 2001.

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