BELGRADE (Reuters) – Bosnian Serb wartime president Radovan Karadzic, one of the world’s most wanted men, has been arrested, a statement from the office of Serbian President Boris Tadic said on Monday.
“Karadzic was located and arrested,” the statement said. He was detained and taken to see judges of the war crimes court.
Karadzic, leader of the Bosnian Serbs during the 1992-95 Bosnia war, was indicted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague in July 1995 for authorizing the shooting of civilians during the 43-month siege of Sarajevo.
He was indicted for genocide a second time four months later for orchestrating the slaughter of some 8,000 Muslim men after Mladic’s forces seized the U.N. “safe area” of Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia.
He went underground in 1997 after losing power.
(Editing by Ralph Boulton)
URGENT – Radovan Karadzic arrested in Serbia
July 21, 2008 2:59 PM
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – The office of Serbian president says former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, a top war crimes suspect, has been arrested in Serbia.
President Boris Tadic’s office says in a statement that Karadzic was arrested on Monday evening ”in an action by the Serbian security services.”
Karadzic has been indicted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia for genocide during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. He has been hiding since 1998.