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For Immediate Release

Contact:
September 29, 2009 Michael R. Regan, United States Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (717) 221-2213
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Capture Bosnian Murder Fugitive
Fatal shooting occurred in Bosnia in July 1992

Harrisburg, PA – U.S. Marshal Michael R. Regan announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) and members of its Fugitive Task Force arrested Ismet Delić in Harrisburg.

In March 2006, an arrest warrant was issued in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Cantonal Court of Novi Travnik. The warrant charged Ismet Delić with murder. The warrant alleged that, on July 12, 1992, an incident occurred in which Delić shot and killed Sabadhudin Ahmić. It is alleged that Delić and the victim become involved in a verbal argument, leading to a fist fight, and that Delić went after Ahmić with a handgun, fatally injuring him. After authorities were unable to locate and arrest Delić in Bosnia, concluding that he may have fled to the United States, an international arrest warrant was issued in November 2007 by the Cantonal Court of Novi Travnik.

The United States Marshals Service is the primary agency within the federal government responsible for locating and apprehending fugitives who are wanted by foreign countries and who have been identified and located in the United States.

Pursuant to the extradition treaty between the United States and the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnian authorities asked the United States through diplomatic channels for the issuance of a provisional arrest warrant against Delić. The matter of applying for a provisional arrest warrant is a lengthy, time-consuming process. It involves meeting all of the requirements that exist in the extradition treaty between the two countries.

On September 25, 2009, a provisional arrest warrant was issued in U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania – Harrisburg Division.

On September 29, U.S. Marshals and members of its Middle District of Pennsylvania (M/PA) Fugitive Task Force, arrested Delić in the 1600 block of Swatara Street in Harrisburg. Delić did not offer any resistance, and was taken into custody without incident.

Delić, also known as “Šutko”, is a 55 year old Bosnian citizen. He will have an initial appearance before a United States Magistrate Judge in Harrisburg. Based upon the official request from the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the arrest of Delić, he will be held in custody to await further extradition hearings.

The following agencies from the USMS M/PA Fugitive Task Force provided manpower and assistance in this case: Dauphin County Adult Probation and Parole, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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