According to the indictment filed in Burlington, Sakoč committed naturalization fraud by providing false and fraudulent information about his commission of crimes and his participation in the persecution of Bosnian Serbs during the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Specifically, the indictment alleges that, in July 1992, Sakoč kidnapped and raped a Bosnian Serb woman and aided and abetted the murder of her elderly mother and aunt. Sakoč also allegedly aided and abetted the burning of the victims’ family home. According to the indictment, Sakoč allegedly failed to disclose his participation in these activities during his immigration and naturalization process.
Sakoč was charged in a two-count indictment filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court in the District of Vermont. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, as well as automatic revocation of his U.S. citizenship and a fine of up to $250,000.
The case is being investigated jointly by HSI Burlington and the FBI’s Albany Division. ICE’s Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center assisted in this investigation. Valuable assistance was provided by the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs and its counterpart at the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The case is being prosecuted by Senior Trial Attorney Matthew C. Singer of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia Cowles of the District of Vermont.
The charges in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty
Information provided by Federal Bureau of Investigation
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