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RADOVAN KARADZIC IS ARRESTED

July 22, 2008

THE MASTERMIND OF SREBRENICA GENOCIDE, HAILED AS THE “OSAMA BIN LADEN OF EUROPE,” WAS 13 YEARS ON THE RUN

PHOTO: Here is your Caveman!
Radovan Karadzic aka Dragan Dabic, aka Dragan David Dabic.

Former Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, one of the world’s most wanted men, has been arrested in Serbia’s capital of Belgrade on Monday. His reported hide-outs included Serbian Orthodox monasteries and refurbished mountain caves in remote eastern Bosnia. He is is said to have eluded arrest so long by shaving his swoopy gray hair and disguising himself as a Serbian Orthodox priest. Karadzic is indicted for orchestrating the Srebrenica genocide, the worst attrocity in Europe since World War Two, and other grave human rights violations, including the 43-month siege of Sarajevo which claimed 12,000 lives – 1,500 of them children.

It will be interesting how Radovan Karadzic’s defence will play out in a court of law. Radical Serbian ultra-nationalists have had 13 years to forge evidence in Karadzic’s defense. What we can expect to see during the trial is forged evidence signed by “Radovan Karadzic” presumably showing that he ‘respected’ all Geneva Conventions and never intended to harm anybody.

Hopefully the international judges will not let themselves be distracted from doing their job properly.

Karadzic practiced alternative medicine in Belgrade and also worked in a private doctor’s surgery under the alias Dragan David Dabic. He had moved freely through the city, and had appeared in public places. He even appeared on radio shows and spoke in a forum dedicated to healthy lifestyles. He was even a contributor for the Zdrav Život (Healthy Life) magazine.

“A major thug has been removed from the scene,” former US envoy to the Balkans Richard Holbrooke said, describing Radovan Karadzic as the “Osama Bin Laden of Europe.”

To bring Karadzic to justice, the United States Government offered $5 million reward for information leading to his arest.

Within minutes of Karadzic’s arrest, the news had quickly spread through Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, with the city’s street jammed with honking cars and people pouring out of cafes and restaurants, many singing and chanting.

Natasha Kandic, director of the Humanitarian Law Center in Belgrade, said to New York Times by telephone from her home moments after hearing the news: “I’m still in shock. This is historic news. Nobody believed anymore this would be possible. I was sure Karadzic was under the protection of the church.”

The White House called the arrest “an important demonstration of the Serbian government’s determination to honor its commitment to cooperate with the International Criminal Tribunal.”

“The arrest of Radovan Karadzic is confirmation that every criminal will eventually face justice,” said Munira Subasic, who lost 22 members of her family in Srebrenica genocide. “I hope that people who had to keep quiet because of Karadzic will start revealing the locations of mass graves and let us find the truth about our beloved ones,” she said.

“This is a very important day for the victims who have waited for this arrest for over a decade. It is also an important day for international justice because it clearly demonstrates that nobody is beyond the reach of the law,” said Serge Brammertz, the tribunal’s head prosecutor.

A statement from the EU presidency, currently held by France, said the arrest was “an important step on the path to the rapprochement of Serbia with the European Union.”

At the United Nations in New York, Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, welcomed what he said was “a historic moment for the victims” of the Bosnian war who he said had waited 13 years to see Karadzic brought to justice. “Ending impunity is an essential element for achieving sustainable peace and justice in the region,” Ban said.

  1. Anonymous
    July 22, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    May the bastard spend the rest of his life behind bars and then burn in hell.
    RIP all victims of this evil man.

  2. Ardent
    July 23, 2008 at 10:16 am

    I hope he rots in prison!

  3. Dr Dragan Dabic
    July 23, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    I want to draw your attention to the fact that Dr Radovan Karadzic has only been ACCUSED of crimes.

    Everyone has the right to be considered innocent until they are found guilty by a proper court of law.

    Just as you would want to be considered innocent, so you should also support Dr Karadzic’s right to be considered innocent at this moment in time.

    Nobody (Albanian, Croatian, Muslim, or Serbian) has yet been found guilty of the crime of genocide in the wars in the former Yugoslavia because no side committed genocide. Simple. All sides committed massacres and ethnic cleansing, but not genocide.

    Kiss :)

  4. Gpto45
    July 23, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Bonjour, Je suis Français, et je tenais à dire que je suis très heureux de cette nouvelle : La justice Internationale est plus forte que le mal, et la vérité incontestable du génocide ne pourra plus être niée.
    Ce sont des nouvelles comme l’arrestation de ce fou sanguinaire que l’on aimerait entendre plus souvent !

  5. Gpto45
    July 23, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Bonjour, Je suis Français, et je tenais à dire que je suis très heureux de cette nouvelle : La justice Internationale est plus forte que le mal, et la vérité incontestable du génocide ne pourra plus être niée.
    Ce sont des nouvelles comme l’arrestation de ce fou sanguinaire que l’on aimerait entendre plus souvent !

  6. Srebrenica Genocide Blog Editor
    July 24, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Response to “Dr Dragan Dabic” who also uses fake web site of genocidal maniac Radovan Karadzic.

    First of all, former Serb General Radoslav Krstic was found guilty of genocide in Srebrenica.

    Second of all, Serb Col Vidoje Blagojevic was also found guilty of genocide – but his conviction was later overturned on apeal.

    Third of all, Srebrenica genocide is a judicial fact recognized by the International Criminal Tribunal, as well as the highest World Court – the International Court of Justice.

    And finally, the authentic web site of Radovan Karadzic is not “dragandabic.com” as you portray it to get “hits” – it’s http://www.psy-help-energy.com (fake web site, dragandabic.com, was created after Karadzic’s arrest).

    Before you post uninformed comments about Srebrenica genocide, and before you create fake web sites in order to spread disinformation – first get your facts straight, first.

    As Natasha Kandic argued, Serbian society is sick. As she pointed out, Serbs live in a society where war criminals are regarded as heroes. Popular Serbian newspapers such as “Glas Javnosti” maintain special section on their web site to promote Srebrenica genocide denial articles written by Milivoje Ivanisevic.

    People like yourself are out of touch with reality.

  7. Vincent Jappi
    July 25, 2008 at 5:50 am

    The presumption of innocence is a rule which only applies to criminal courts.

    Others who know the truth have the right, and indeed the duty, to call a mass murderer a mass murderer whether he has been convicted or not.

  8. samaha
    July 25, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    I noticed some strange stuff today at RTS’s website in regards to comments (disappearing/being edited) – was wondering if you have any information in regards to RTS – there’s a brief mention of it in my post: http://samaha.wordpress.com/2008/07/24/karadzic-mladic-hadzic-
    aka-the-serbia-eu-expressone-stop-nato-is-it-really-welcome-by-serbs/

    Since this comment isn’t related to this post – feel free to delete it. A friend refered me to you – my email is listed on my blog, upper right side bar or feel free to comment on my blog.

  9. Alan Jakšić
    July 26, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Great news! As a Serb and a human being, I think it’s excellent that he has finally been caught. The news itself came to me as a mild yet pleasant surprise. :-)

    Some people may say he should have been arrested sooner, and perhaps he should’ve been. However, I think this year and last year are good times for the capture of indicted war criminals from the Bosnian war, for two reasons: the time distance since the war (12-13 years), and the greater political will of the government and people of Serbia to complete this task.

    Back in 2005 (10 years since the war) when denial of Srebrenica was still quite high, there was too much opposition in Serbia among the people and even government for this kind of thing. While now, I think more people in Serbia are somehow more open to and more willing to accept something like this happening than they were a few years ago. That’s my opinion.

    Sorry for not commenting earlier on this news (no internet connection at home at the mo!). Sve najbolje blogeru Danielu.

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