Monday, July 21, 2008

A rare bit of good news: Killer Karadzic arrested

PARIS: Bosnia's Serb wartime president, Radovan Karadzic, one of the world's most wanted war criminals for his part in the massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995, has been arrested, Serbian President Boris Tadic's office said on Monday.

Serge Brammertz, the prosecutor of the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague, said in a statement late Monday that Karadzic would be transferred to The Hague, but "the date will be determined in due course."

Karadzic's place of arrest was not announced, but Serbian government officials said Karadzic had been arrested by the Serbian secret police at a site not far from Belgrade, Serbia's capital, nearly 13 years after he was first indicted on war crimes.

"This is a very important day for the victims who have waited for this arrest for over a decade," Brammertz said. "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."

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