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July 27, 2008

Updated: July 29, 2008.

Will we wait another 13 years for Karadzic’s family to be arrested for protecting a wanted war criminal and yet lying how they knew nothing about his whereabouts?

Srebrenica genocide architect, Radovan Karadzic, freely traveled and regularly stayed in touch with his family. All with the help of Dragan Karadzic, son of Radovan’s brother Luka who is a radical Serb ultra-nationalist. Luka has been lately participating in demonstrations against the Karadzic’s arrest in Beglrade along with the Serbian right-wing extremist group OBRAZ, as well as the Serbian Radical party. Will Dragan and Luka Karadzic finally be arrested and charged for safeguarding the most wanted war criminal in Europe?

PHOTO: Fake tears of Ljiljana Zelen-Karadzic, wife of Srebrenica genocide architect Radovan Karadzic (aka: Dr. Dragan David Dabic). Good acting Ljiljana! You knew where he was all this time, but you kept silent!

Now we know that Radovan Karadzic’s family lied about not knowing his whereabouts. According to the only ‘free’ news media in Serbia, B92, Radovan Karadzic enjoyed watching soccer games in Italy (source). His favorite soccer teams were Inter (Milan) and Lazio (Rome) known in Italy for its right-wing rhetoric. Their fans even paid a “Tribute to the Tiger Arkan,” a late Serbian fugitive war criminal who was murdered in Belgrade back in 2000.

Dragan Karadzic confirmed to B92 that he regularly met with his uncle Radovan, but he refused to reveal where exactly Karadzic hid in the past. His uncle enjoyed reading hard-core Serbian nationalist newspapers, Kurir, and of course – the Bible. Dragan said he spoke to Radovan about the politics and pretty much about everything that happened in their family. He helped Radovan with finding safe rental apartments, and also served as a messenger, meeting with Karadzic’s family and conveying messages from Radovan.

Apparently, Dragan claims he knew he was monitored, so every time he met with Radovan, he used a different vehicle to trick investigators. Dragan was not in Belgrade at the time of Radovan’s arrest, and if he were “Radovan would not be arrested.”

Karadzic’s family has been playing this game for a long time. They have been portraying themselves as victims of the international community.

When Karadzic was arrested, his wife Ljiljana Zelen-Karadzic said she was in ‘disbelief,’ but at least she knew he was alive. In a soap-opera style acting, his wife publicly called on her husband to surrender a few years ago to spare his family the frequent searches and difficult position caused by his flight from justice. When NATO raided house of Karadzic’s wife, Ljiljana Zelen-Karadzic, they found letters from Belgrade with initials Dragan David Dabic. She was known by putting up fake tears for the media and pretending to be innocent victim who never knew where her husband was.

Lajcak authorized the confiscation of passports and travel documents belonging to Karadzic’s wife Ljiljana Zelen Karadzic and children on January 10, on suspicion that the Karadzic family was helping him hide from authorities.

The Karadzic family has asked for their travel ban to be lifted to allow them to travel to Belgrade to visit Karadzic in prison before he is extradited to the Hague Tribunal.

The international high representative to Bosnia-Herzegovina said that the children of Radovan Karadzic—Sonja and Sasha—“will have the opportunity to see their father for many years to come, which cannot be said of the victims from Srebrenica and many other places.”

The question arises: Will Dragan Karadzic and Luka Karadzic, and other family members who knew Radovan Karadzic’s whereabouts, finally be arrested and charged for safeguarding the most wanted war criminal in Europe? Probably not, considering that Serbia is a safe haven for criminals.

Recently, a Serbian thug Miladin Kovacevic brutally attacked Jewish student Bryan Steinhauer who woke up from comma couple of days ago. Kovacevic was placed into custody after the event, but released on June 5 on USD $100,000 bail. Serbian vice-consul Igor Milosevic issued the suspect a new passport after the original one was confiscated, which allowed Kovacevic to flee America. According to the Serbian officials, Kovacevic is now in Serbia and playing for a local basketball team. This is just another example of Serbia protecting criminals and refusing to extradite them. Serbia will only unwillingly extradite Karadzic because of the pressure placed on them to co-operate with the Hague Tribunal.

  1. Kirk Johnson
    July 28, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    For what it’s worth, I have some non-fascist friends who are Lazio fans; and Inter Milan are not known for right-wing supporters.

    That said, Serie A is for sucks–the Bundesliga is WAY more fun, in my humble opinion.

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

    Hi Kirk,

    According to B92, Inter Milan and and Lazio soccer clubs are best known by their prominently right-wing fans. This, of course, does not imply that all fans are right wing. Cheers.

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  4. Cristian
    August 3, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    I’m not sure if I did the right note on the music but since when is there a crime to read the Bible? Or is there some kind of aggravating circumstance?
    You know, a lot of the noble causes are destroyed by superficiality, clichees, stupid personal opinions erected by some “intelligent” all-knowers…
    I’m almost sorry I read this post. A Srebrenica Genide Blog deserves more.

  5. Owen
    August 5, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Cristian, I think you need to see the reference to the Bible in the context of the faith practised by this particular Bible reader. Karadzic and his associates made great show of their Serbian Orthodox belief at the same time as they were engaging in the most harrowingly unChristian atrocities.

    The Serbian Orthodox Church was an active supporter of the Milosevic/Karadzic project of ethnically cleansing Bosnian Muslims. That support is summed up in the picture of the priests blessing the bread in the presence of Karadzic and Mladic but also in the image of the Serbian Orthodox priest blessing paramilitaries who appear to be members of the same Skorpion squad that murdered those children from Srebrenica at Trnovo in that Natasa Kandic’s terrible video.

    It’s not reading the Bible that’s wrong. It’s the abuse of religion as a justification of wrongdoing and a signifier of rightesouness that’s wrong. This is the hypocritical religiosity of a Bible-reading mass murderer.

    Do you know the reference in the Gospel of St Matthew, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.”?

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