Karadzic may escape justice

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The chief UN war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte is in Serbia meeting officials including Rasim Ljajic, the head of co-ordination for the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.

He has admitted talks may have been held with Washington in 1995 granting immunity to the Bosnian Serb’s former leader Radovan Karadzic in exchange for his withdrawal from public life. He has been a wanted fugitive ever since, along with his military commander, General Ratko Mladic.

Both men are wanted on charges including genocide and crimes against humanity, and their arrest and handover to the TPI are conditions for Serbia to begin EU membership talks. Del Ponte was in Belgrade as the EU announced a deal on closer ties is ready to sign, but it still depends on the UN getting their men. In a separate development Karadzic’s son Sasa, who was expelled from Serbia yesterday and arrested in Bosnia, has been released.