The Federal Government says police are doing all they can to track down alleged war criminal Dragan Vasiljkovic, who disappeared in Australia more than a month ago.
The High Court ordered Mr Vasiljkovic be extradited to Croatia for trial in March.
Nicknamed Captain Dragan, he is accused of torturing and murdering civilians and prisoners of war during the Balkan conflict.
Serbian-born Vasiljkovic, also known as Daniel Snedden, has not been seen since the High Court decision.
Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor says it is possible Mr Vasiljkovic is still in Australia.
“The advice I received is he may well be [in Australia], and certainly we’re acting on that basis,” he said.
“But we will do everything we can to bring him to justice and indeed ensure we fulfil our obligations as signatories to the extradition treaty.”
Mr O’Connor says the Federal Police are working hard to find Mr Vasiljkovic.
“This is not a person who has escaped custody. This is a person who was free to walk the streets given the situation he was in,” he said.
“The AFP were not in a position to do anything other than how they acted and I do not for one minute blame the AFP for this situation.”
Mr Vasiljkovic denies the allegations that he killed, tortured and raped civilians while he was a Serbian paramilitary commander during the Balkan conflict.