Father of Miss Oregon could be deported

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Miss Oregon‘s father could be jailed and deported for visa fraud after an international war crimes tribunal reported that he had served in a military unit that slaughtered thousands of Muslims in Bosnia in 1995.

Milenko Krstic is a Bosnian Serbian immigrant who moved his family to Beaverton in 1998. According to court documents, he lied to get his green card and said that he never served in the military.

The government alleges that when Krstic sought refugee status and a green card, he didn’t tell immigration officials that he was a member of unit which was involved in the massacre of a large number of unarmed Muslims from the village of Srebrenica.

The government hasn’t alleged that he took part in the mass murder.

His lawyer, Christopher Schatz, said Krstic was a conscripted clerk at the unit’s headquarters “nowhere near Srebrenica,” and didn’t participate in, nor know about, mass killings during the war.

“He is not a war criminal candidate,” Schatz said.

If convicted of visa fraud, Krstic could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. He and his family also could be deported, immigration officials said.

Krstic’s daughter Danijela was crowned Miss Oregon in July 2008, the first foreign-born winner in the pageant’s history.