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  • Divina and Ratko Maslenjak were Bosnian Serbs during the Bosnian Civil War. Ratko was an Officer in the Army that committed acts of genocide such as the Srebrenica Massacre.
  •        plication for Naturalizatio Have you ever lied to a U.S. Government Official? No
  • In 1998, Divina Maslenjak interviewed with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service under oath. She claimed that her husband was not in the military and that her family was being persecuted. 
  • Ratko was arrested by ICE when it was discovered he had lied on immigration documents about serving in the Army. 
  • Soon after, Divina applied for Naturalization, and falsely claimed on the document she had never lied to an official. Her application was granted and she became a citizen.
  • But, when her husband was about to be deported, she admitted she had lied to officials about his service to gain refugee status.
  • Divina was indicted in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1425(a). The Jury was told that her lies did not need to be material to her naturalization and she was convicted. 
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