Karadžić caught in Serbia 21 Jul 2008
After more than a decade at large, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić has been captured by the Serbian authorities and will be transferred to The Hague.

Radovan KaradzicAfter nearly 13 years as a fugitive from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Serbian authorities announced on Monday night that they had captured former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić.

The date of Karadžić’s transfer to the ICTY in The Hague, where he will face, inter alia, charges of genocide for the murder of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995, will be determined within the coming days.

In a statement made on Monday 21 July by the office of the President of Serbia, a spokesperson confirmed that “Radovan Karadžić was located and arrested tonight” by Serbian security officers. “Karadžić was brought to the investigative judge of the War Crimes Court in Belgrade, in accordance with the law on co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.”

Genocide in Bosnia

Radovan Karadžić was originally indicted by the ICTY, together with Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladić, on 24 July 1995. He has been charged with genocide and complicity in genocide committed in numerous areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina in addition to the Srebrenica enclave, including Foča, Novi Grad and Višegrad.

As the President of Republika Srpska and Supreme Commander of the armed forces from 17 December 1992 until 19 July 1996, Karadžić also faces charges relating to the siege of Sarajevo and the sniping campaign which terrorised the civilian population in the Bosnian capital during the war.

Additionally, Karadžić has been charged with persecutions, deportation, inhumane acts, and the taking of hostages as violations of the laws or customs of war and crimes against humanity.

Along with Mladić, Radovan Karadžić had been considered one of the most sought after of the ICTY’s fugitives ever since the second indictment against the two leaders was confirmed on 16 November 1995. This latter indictment dealt with the crimes carried out in Srebrenica in July 1995.

International Justice Forum: Karadžić arrest: a milestone in international law?

Radovan Karadžić: research documents
ICTY: ‘Tribunal welcomes the arrest of Radovan Karadžić’
Statement of the Office of the Prosecutor

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