Bosnia: Convicted war criminal escapes from prison

Mostar -- A Croat man convicted of war crimes, who was serving his 15-year sentence in a jail in the town of Mostar, has escaped.

The head of the prison in Mostar explained on Thursday that Dominik Ilijašević "did not return from his 25-day vacation."

Banja Luka's RTRS is reporting that the authorities issued an arrest warrant for Ilijašević, "who is believed to have escaped from the town of Kiseljak (in Bosnia) to Croatia."

The media in Sarajevo, meanwhile, are unofficially reporting that Ilijašević escaped to Croatia on Friday - having previously sold all his property.

During the 1992-95 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ilijašević was a member of the Croatian Council of Defense (HVO) unit known as "Maturice".

He was put on trial and found guilty of, "beside other crimes," taking part in the murder of 38 civilians, a war crime that took place on October 23, 1993, in the village of Stupni Do.