A Croatian woman living in a small-town in Kentucky was arrested Tuesday for her role in a bloody war in a far-off land almost two decades ago.
The Associated Press reports that Azra Basic, 52, has been accused of committing war crimes at three prisoner camps as a soldier in the Croatian army during the conflict in Bosnia in the early 1990's.
Some of the crimes include fatally stabbing a prisoner in the neck and torturing others by forcing them to drink the man's blood and gasoline as well as setting a man's hands and face on fire.
Since that time, Basic moved to Stanton, Kentucky where she's known to locals as "Issabella" and has been working in a nursing home and a sandwich factory. One elderly woman who was one of Basic's patients even called her "lovely."
While Basic started a new life in the United States, Bosnian officials were building a case against her between 1992 and 2001 using witnesses' statements and forensic evidence.
A U.S. Magistrate judge ordered that Basic be held without bond until an April 1 status hearing.
According to the article, more than 100,000 people were killed during the war between the Muslim Bosnians, Catholic Croats and Christian Orthodox Serbs that make up the country's three ethnic groups.