Ohio man to change plea for Bosnian genocide accusations

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- An Ohio man, accused of being part of Serb forces responsible for the genocide of Muslim Bosnians, is scheduled to change his plea.

The U.S. government accused Oliver Dragic of immigration fraud in a three-count federal indictment last year. Accusations include hiding the fact that Dragic had been in a special police unit in Bosnia and took part of the massacre of more than 8,000 Bosniaks during the 1995 genocide.

Prosecutors say Dragic, of Barberton in suburban Akron, made false statements on forms about his role in ethnic cleansing in Bosnia while applying for refugee status in the U.S.

This comes just weeks after the former Serb army leader Ratko Mladic was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of genocide.

U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster scheduled the plea hearing for Thursday afternoon. A change of plea hearing is typically held when a defendant plans to plead guilty.