Deportation for man who concealed Bosnian war-era crimes

2/11/2016

A man who came to the U.S. as a refugee from war-torn Bosnia almost two decades ago will be deported for concealing a long criminal past in his home country, including the killing of an elderly Serbian neighbor, a federal judge said Thursday.

Zdenko Jakisa, 47, settled in Minnesota in 1998, obtaining permanent residency four years later. He apologized in court for withholding information when he first came to America, saying he felt at the time he had no choice.

"The reason I was lying was only to save my life and my wife's life," he told Judge Susan Richard Nelson. "I did not come here to hurt anyone, or do anything."

Nelson told Jakisa she was in no position to judge him for actions committed during the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia in the early '90s.

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