It has emerged that Radovan Karadzic narrowly avoided being caught in Austria last year when police were investigating a murder.
He is thought to have lived in Vienna, on and off, between June 2006 and the end of 2007. He regularly ate at a local restaurant before being barred for trying to stir up trouble between Turks and Kurds.
After the killing of a Serb expatriate, Vienna police raided an apartment and spoke to a heavily-bearded man. Having seen photos of Karadzic after his arrest in Belgrade this week, the officers believe it may have been him.
Austria’s Interior Ministry spokesman Rudolf Gollia denied the police had fouled-up: “This is not embarassing for the officers nor for the COBRA special police unit,” he said. “There was nothing to suggest the man they spoke to was Karadzic.”
The Interior Ministry said the man had a Croatian passport in the name of Petra Glumac, and worked as an miracle healer among Serbs living in Vienna. In Serbo-Croatian, Glumac means ‘actor.