Serbian officials say Radovan Karadzic was heavily disguised and carrying false papers when arrested. They gave details of what they say was a carefully planned operation at a press conference in Belgrade.
The former Bosnian Serb leader, wanted on war crimes charges, was arrested in a suburb of the city yesterday.
Rasim, Ljajic, a senior Serb official responsible for cooperation with the international war crimes triubnal said: “Radavan Karadic was using false I.D. and false documents under the name of Dragan Dabic. He was working in a private medical practice and was living in New Belgrade.”
Karadizc had been on the run since after the conclusion of the Dayton peace accords in 1995, which ended the Bosnian war.
Officials said they could not give more details about his arrest because it might jeopardise the possible detentions of other war crime suspects, thought to include Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb military leader.
Karadic will be transferred to the the war crimes tribunal in the Hague in three days, unless an appeal is succesful.