The Chief Prosecutor at The Hague, Serge Brammertz, said it would be a “complex trial” but he would seek advance the case in an “efficient manner”.
The tribunal had been criticised over delays to the Slobodan Milosevic case. The former Yugoslav president died in custody before a verdict in his war crimes trial was reached.
“The arrest of Radovan Karadzic is immensely important for the victims who had to wait far too long for this day. It’s also very important for international justice because it clearly demonstrates that there is no alternative to the arrest of war criminals and that there can be no save haven for fugitives,” Brammertz said.
At a press conference in the Hague Brammertz paid tribute to the Serbian authorities over the capture and extradition of Karadzic. He said he anticipated further cooperation: “I look forward to meeting the authorities in Belgrade in the coming weeks and hope that Serbia’s cooperation will lead to the arrest of the two remaining fugitives Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadjic – without these arrests we cannot complete our mandate.”