22 Jul 2008

Top war crimes fugitive arrested

9:41 am on 22 July 2008

One of the world's most wanted men, Bosnian Serb wartime president Radovan Karadzic, has been arrested in Serbia.

A statement from the office of Serbian President Boris Tadic said on Monday that Karadzic has been detained and taken to see judges of the war crimes court.

Karadzic was the leader of the Bosnian Serbs during the 1992-95 Bosnia war.

He was indicted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague in July 1995 for authorising the shooting of civilians during the siege of Sarajevo, which lasted 43-months.

He was indicted for genocide a second time four months later for orchestrating the slaughter of some 8,000 Muslim men after Mladic's forces seized the UN "safe area" of Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia.

He went underground in 1997 after losing power.