Radovan Karadzic the Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitive was arrested in Belgrade where he reportedly lived posing as a doctor of alternative medicine, officials said today.
Portrait of a genocidal psychopath: The Serbian Messiah
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic attends a Bosnian Serb parliament session in Pale in this May 1993 file photo. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic/Files. Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
“He happily, freely walked around the city,” Serbia’s war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic said. “Even the people he rented a flat from were unaware of his identity.”
Karadzic and his army commander, General Ratko Mladic, were indicted for genocide at Srebrenica, where about 8,000 unarmed Bosnian Muslims were rounded up, murdered and bulldozed into mass graves in July 1995.
He is also charged with authorizing the shooting of civilians during the Sarajevo siege in which an estimated 11,000 people were killed, Reuters reported.
“The arrest of Radovan Karadzic is confirmation that every criminal will eventually face justice,” said Munira Subasic, head of a Srebrenica widow’s association.
A combination photo shows Bosnian Serb wartime leader and indicted war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic (L) in a recent photo released to media July 22, 2008 and (R) in the eastern Bosnian town of Bijeljina October 23,1995. REUTERS/Staff. Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
However, Karadzic is still regarded as a national hero by Serbian nationalists following the collapse of Yugoslavia.
A pro-Karadzic demonstrator throws a stone sculpture at Serbian riot police in Belgrade July 22, 2008. War crimes fugitive Radovan Karadzic was arrested on Monday near Belgrade posing as a doctor of alternative medicine, sporting long hair, a beard and glasses to hide his face, officials said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Marko Djurica. Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
“This is payback to the EU for bringing this new government to power,” said Aleksandar Vucic a member of the nationalist Radicals, which is one of Serbia’s strongest parties. “Karadzic is a Serbian hero. There will be a strong backlash.”
Bosnian Serbs hold up pictures of Radovan Karadzic in his wartime stronghold of Pale, near the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo July 26, 2008. Karadzic, who had been indicted for genocide during the Bosnia wars, was captured in Belgrade earlier this week after 11 years in hiding. REUTERS/Danilo Krstanovic. Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
Time for justice to be seen to be done … Time the following too were indicted and prosecuted for genocide and crimes against humanity
George Bush, “Dick” Cheney, Colon Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Madeleine Albright … and everyone else responsible for War on Iraq, Tony Blair, his former Cabinet and all other war-makers in the UK, the former Australian PM, John Howard, and his sidekick, Alexander Goose Downer, and all other warmakers in Australia …