Bosnian National Pleads Guilty to Lying About Involvement in Ethnic-Cleansing to Obtain Refugee Status

SREBRENICA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - JULY 11: A woman reads name of the victims on the memorial at the Potocari Memorial Cemetery, in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on the 22nd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, July 11, 2017 after a burial ceremony. Every year on July 11, newly identified victims …
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A Bosnian national living in the United States legally has pleaded guilty to lying about his involvement with an ethnic-cleansing campaign against non-Serbian people during the war in Bosnia.

Milan Trisic, 54, an ethnic Serb and citizen of Bosnia, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ) pleaded guilty to lying in order to gain legal entry to the U.S. and obtain a permanent green card after being resettled as a refugee in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Those who seek to come to this country must respect our laws,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “Entering this country on the basis of fraud is unacceptable. The American people can be assured that this Department is working every day to protect them from the threat posed by criminals who seek to take advantage of our generous immigration system.”

According to the DOJ, Trisic lied on his green card application about his involvement with the “Bratunac Brigade, a unit in the Army of the Serb Republic; concealed his criminal activity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and lied about his whereabouts during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the early and mid-1990s.”

Trisic admitted in the guilty plea that he lied about his service in the Bratunac Brigade, participating in an ethnic-cleansing campaign against non-Serbian people. Trisic admitted that during his service, he engaged in beating, detaining and transporting Muslim prisoners because they were not ethnically Serbian.

Additionally, Trisic originally claimed that he was in Serbia during the Bosnian war in order to obtain refugee status into the U.S. This, ultimately, was a lie, according to Trisic, who admitted that he was actually residing in Bratunac, Bosnia.

Trisic was allegedly with the Bratunac Brigade when the group was partially responsible for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in which between 7,000 to 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men were murdered.

Trisic has yet to be sentenced, but DOJ officials say he will be deported from the U.S. after his time is served.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.

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