Monday, July 21, 2008

News flash: Karadžić arrested

After more than a decade on the run, Radovan Karadžić has been arrested in Serbia.
Karadžić (below), the former President of Republika Srpska, the breakaway Bosnian Serb Republic, was seized Monday night in Serbia, according to Serbian President Boris Tadić, "'in an action by the Serbian security services.'" Tadić added that the longtime fugitive then was brought into a Serbian courtroom, the BBC reported:

'Karadzic was brought to the investigative judge of the War Crimes Court in Belgrade, in accordance with the law on cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.'

As posted, Richard Goldstone, then the ICTY's Chief Prosecutor, indicted Karadžić and Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladić in 1995 on charges related to their supervisory role in atrocities committed during the Balkans War. The amended indictment, issued in 2000 and including a charge of genocide at Srebrenica, is here.
In a statement issued today, the current Chief Prosecutor, Serge Brammertz, said:

This is a very important day for the victims who have waited for this arrest for over a decade. It is also an important day for international justice because it clearly demonstrates that nobody is beyond the reach of the law and that sooner or later all fugitives will be brought to justice.
Even as Karadžić now awaits likely transfer to the ICTY, Mladić remains at large.

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