Bosnian Serb police today raided the radio station owned by the daughter of Radovan Karadzic, the country’s most wanted war crimes suspect.
Karadzic was the leader of Bosnia’s Serbs during the 1992-1995 ethnic war that took 200,000 lives and left 1.8 million people homeless.
He and fellow-fugitive Ratko Mladic, his top general, have been indicted by the UN court at The Hague, Netherlands, for their alleged role in atrocities that included the Serb massacre of up to 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica.
Police said the raid was ordered by Bosnia’s state court because there were “indications that radio officials assist persons indicted for war crimes.”
After the raid in Pale, 12 miles from Sarajevo, Sonja Karadzic said police confiscated “some documents and a computer.”
Since his indictment in 1995, Karadzic has been on the run, presumably protected by armed bodyguards and hiding in disguise somewhere deep in the mountains of Bosnia.
Nato peacekeepers deployed in Bosnia have a standing order to arrest him if they come across him, but dozens of raids – the latest earlier this month in Pale, Karadzic’s wartime stronghold – have been unsuccessful.
Bosnia is comprised of a Muslim-Croat federation and the Bosnian Serb mini state, whose leadership has resisted pressure to cooperate with the UN court in apprehending war crimes suspects including Mladic and Karadzic.
The US State Department is offering €4.5m for any information that could lead to Karadzic’s capture but the loyalty the former leader commands throughout the Serb part of Bosnia has helped him evade capture.