NATO forces in Bosnia have arrested Karadzics son

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NATO troops in Bosnia and Herzegovina have arrested Aleksandar Karadzic, the son of Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, Europe’s most-wanted war crimes suspect.

Aleksandar Karadzic was detained in Pale, the Bosnian Serb leadership's stronghold during the 1992-1995 war, early on Thursday. The Karadzic family home is located there, in the mountains some 30km from Sarajevo.

NATO officials said in a statement that the arrest had taken place without incident. They said they suspected Aleksandar Karadzic of aiding and abetting his father, a fugitive indicted by the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

“He [Aleksandar Karadzic] may have information vital to the goal of locating indicted war criminals or identifying their supporters,” the NATO statement read.

Aleksandar Karadzic was taken to an undisclosed location.

His sister, Sonja Karadzic, told reporters that NATO soldiers had set up a meeting with Aleksandar to return documents seized in May during a raid on his father-in-law’s apartment, where he lives with his wife and two children.

NATO soldiers asked other family members to leave the room and when his father-in-law entered a few minutes later it was empty, she said. Witnesses said they had seen the soldiers put Aleksandar into a helicopter at a nearby playground.

She accused NATO of “kidnapping” her brother.

Karadzic’s family has been under frequent surveillance by both local and international security agencies for years.

Last week, security forces in neighboring Serbia and Montenegro raided property belonging to Karadzic’s two brothers in Belgrade and Niksic. The house in Pale, where Karadzic’s wife and daughter live, is raided every several months.

In July 2003, Lord Paddy Ashdown, the international community’s High Representative in Bosnia, froze all of Aleksandar Karadzic’s assets, on suspicion that he was involved in a network that has been financially or logistically supporting fugitive war criminals.

Karadzic has been on the run for eight years. It is believed that he is hiding between Montenegro and Eastern Bosnia - a mountainous area that is sparsely populated with traditional hard-line Serb nationalists. Ratko Mladic, Karadzic’s wartime army general, has reportedly lived in the Serbian capital Belgrade since 2002, when he became a fugitive from the ICTY.

General David Leakey, the commander of EU peacekeepers (EUFOR), refused to comment on Karadzic’s possible whereabouts, but told reporters: “I think if Radovan Karadzic chose to live in Bosnia and Herzegovina and was here on a regular basis, our intelligence would be good enough to get him.”

“He knows that, and that’s why his visits here are extremely secretive, extremely well planned, extremely fleeting, and possibly even extremely rare,” Leakey told a press conference on Thursday.

The arrest of Aleksandar Karadzic comes four days before the tenth anniversary of the massacre of nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. Radovan Karadzic stands accused of political responsibility for the massacre.

Mladic is also charged with genocide for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

Two days ago, Bosnian Serb police discovered 35kg of explosives planted near the Srebrenica memorial center, where some 55,000 people are expected to gather on 11 July. One suspect has been arrested in connection with the planned attack, but his identity has not been revealed.

(By Anes Alic in Sarajevo)
Whether this will do anything to assist in flushing out "Dad" and Mladic remains open to question. Let's hope so.
 
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I doubt if any serb will grass on either Karadzic or Mladic. While the rest of the world see them as War Criminal, the serbs don't (bit like Maggie and the Argies over the Belgrano!).

I doubt if his son will grass him up....Paddy Ashdown must be getting frustrated.
 
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Karadzic or Mladic will trip up one day and get caught, at the moment their lifestyle is not much different from a prison, they cannot travel as freely as they like. they live in fear of that knock on their door like many of their victims did, they must live a vampirelike existence and isolated from normal human activities.
very much like a prison and take comfort from that, would be better if they were caught and brought to account, for now they live in fear this time form retribution by their victims if they catch them first before we do.
 
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semper said:
Karadzic or Mladic will trip up one day and get caught, at the moment their lifestyle is not much different from a prison, they cannot travel as freely as they like. they live in fear of that knock on their door like many of their victims did, they must live a vampirelike existence and isolated from normal human activities.
very much like a prison and take comfort from that, would be better if they were caught and brought to account, for now they live in fear this time form retribution by their victims if they catch them first before we do.
Do you think they do? I doubt that they are even in the country - both spoke fluent Russian and it is likely that they are living it up somewhere where even NATO have no powes of arrest.
 
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you are charged with having an offensive father....hmm..it's not really going to stand up is it?
 

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