Alleged war criminal Radovan Karadžić caught in Serbia

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Radovan Karadžić

Alleged war criminal Radovan Karadžić was caught yesterday in Serbia by Serbian security forces after almost 13 years on the run from authorities.

Last night he was questioned by an inquisitor of the War Crimes Court in Belgrade.

Karadžić has been accused by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Bosnian War from 1992 to 1995. The Srebrenica massacre, in which about 8,000 Muslims were killed, is among the most serious of his alleged crimes. The massacre was categorised as genocide by both the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Internationally, the arrest was unanimously welcomed. Along with former military chief Ratko Mladić, Karadžić has been one of the most sought-after war criminals of the Balkan conflict.

Described by the BBC's Kate Adie as a "smart, rather vain man", his capture found him with a long white beard working in a clinic and practicing alternative medicine under the name Dragan Dabic.


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