A raid on the home of Radovan Karadzic has uncovered evidence that the world’s most wanted war crimes fugitive is linked to illegal smuggling, Nato said today.
The evidence was found during a raid by Nato-led troops on a house owned by the former Bosnian Serb wartime leader.
Based on materials gathered in the raid, Nato believes that ‘‘there is a strong link between illegal activities in Bosnia and the continued protection and harbouring of Karadzic,’’ said Major Scott Lundy, a Nato spokesman.
The troops confiscated computer equipment and found forged documents, including passports, in the abandoned Karadzic family home in Pale, near Sarajevo, Lundy said.
‘‘This reinforces the fact that the Karadzic family is wilfully and intentionally deceiving the international community,’’ Lundy said.
Lundy refused to specify how Nato believed Karadzic was linked to criminal activities, citing an ongoing investigation. He suggested, however, that the evidence could lead to his arrest.
‘‘The ring is tightening around Karadzic and his support network,’’ Lundy said. ‘‘He will be caught.’’
Nato has made repeated attempts to find and capture Karadzic, who has eluded authorities since 1997 despite a US sponsored £3.5 million reward for information leading to his arrest.
Karadzic and his military commander, General Ratko Mladic, have been indicted by the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague on charges of genocide and war crimes committed against Bosnia’s non-Serb population during the country’s 1992-95 war.