Mladen Mitrovic, 52, of Loganville, was released on bond following a court appearance Monday on federal charges that he obtained his naturalized citizenship through fraudulent omissions about his background. A judge gave him 10 days to hire a lawyer. A working phone number for Mitrovic could not immediately be found Monday.
Mitrovic, a Bosnian native, applied to be a U.S. citizen in October 2002, but failed to disclose that as a guard at a Serbian concentration camp he persecuted people because of their religion, national origin and membership in a particular social group, prosecutors said.
“The Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues to work with officials from Bosnia and Herzegovina to locate concentration camp guards who emigrated under false pretenses to the United States after the Bosnian War,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. “This defendant will now have to face many of the former Bosnian Muslim prisoners who suffered at his hand in the Trnopolje Concentration Camp.”
The charges against him carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and automatic deportation upon release from prison.
The Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center is part of ICE and investigates human rights violators who try to flee justice by seeking shelter in the U.S. A tip from agents in Oregon led agents in Atlanta to identify Mitrovic as someone who may have been responsible for the abuse and torture of Muslims and Catholics at a Serbian concentration camp, said Brock Nicholson, special agent in charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division in Atlanta.