After almost 13 years on the run, one of the most wanted men in the world has been captured in Serbia.
Former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic has already been brought before a judge at the war crimes court in Belgrade, in accordance with the law on co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague.
Karadzic was indicted on charges of war crimes and genocide by the Tribunal in 1995 but went to ground shortly afterwards.
His lawyer has already claimed his client has not been treated fairly:
“Radovan Karadzic was arrested last Friday morning on a public bus. By law he should have been taken to a judge immediately, so no one knows who arrested him, who ordered it and why he was held for three days until he was brought here tonight. Radovan Karadzic himself does not know that either. He just said that these people showed him a police badge and then he was taken to some place and kept in a room. What they did is absolutely against the law,” Sveta Vujacic told reporters outside the Belgrade court building.
The EU, which Belgrade has hopes of joining, has put pressure on Serbia to hand over indicted war criminals to the UN tribunal. Analysts say the appointment in June of a new, pro-European government may have finally paved the way for the arrest. Karadzic’s wartime military counterpart Ratko Mladic remains at large.
More details of Karadzic’s arrest and detention are expected after preliminary legal hearings later this morning.