Man facing deportation in Bosnia war crimes case seeks new trial, argues flawed conviction


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MONTPELIER, Vermont — A Vermont man facing deportation for his conviction on charges he lied on a U.S. immigration form about his role in 1992 Bosnian war crimes is asking for a new trial.

Attorneys for Edin Sakoc argue in court papers that the jury in his January trial found him guilty of making false statements about his memberships in military and political organizations, which the lawyers say he wasn't charged with.

The 56-year-old Sakoc was originally charged with lying to immigration officials about his wartime activities when he applied for citizenship in 2007. Federal prosecutors contend he raped a Serb woman and aided in the killing of two elderly people she was caring for.

Sakoc is a Bosnian Muslim who arrived in the United States in 2001, settling in Burlington.

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