Ex-Serbian officer gets time served for lying

August 19, 2011 - 1:55 PM

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Serbian man won't face any more jail time after being sentenced to time served for lying to immigration officials about his work as a senior paramilitary police officer during the bloody Bosnian war.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents must now decide whether Zeljko Zekic can stay in the country or be deported to the Balkans. Zekic was sentenced Friday to two and a half months of time he already served in federal custody. The agency had no immediate comment on the case.

Zekic pleaded guilty in June to lying about his work and telling officials he was unemployed during the war when he actually worked as an officer in the Serbian paramilitary.

Zekic has denied playing any part in war atrocities, and prosecutors say his past remains a mystery.