Alleged war criminal arrested for lying to get citizenship

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An alleged international war criminal was arrested in West Michigan after allegedly lying to get U.S. citizenship.

Alexander Kneginich, 56, has been living in Crown Point, Ind. He was arrested Monday morning in the Kalamazoo area after being charged with lying to U.S. immigration officials for failing to disclose his involvement in the Bosnian-Serbian war, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Authorities say Kneginich served in the Bosnian Serb military in the 1990s and was charged, jailed and tried in Bosnia for the 1994 murders of two Muslim civilians.

He allegedly falsely stated on his initial refugee application that because his wife is Croatian and he is Serbian, they had to flee Bosnia to avoid persecution against ethnically mixed married couples.

If convicted, he could spend 10 years in a federal prison. He would also lose his citizenship and probably be deported back to Bosnia-Herzegovina.