Nato troops today searched the home of war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic and questioned his family about the former Bosnian Serb leader’s whereabouts.
The troops entered the house in Pale, a one-time stronghold of the fugitive about 10 miles east of Sarajevo, early today.
“We have information that the occupants support war crimes suspects. We are searching the house and interviewing the people inside,” said Derek Chapell, Nato spokesman in Bosnia.
According to witnesses, the home at the time was occupied by Karadzic’s wife, Ljiljana Zelen-Karadzic, and other relatives. Soldiers were seen talking to some of the relatives outside the house, in a van.
Nato troops have occasionally searched the Karadzic home and questioned his family about the fugitive’s whereabouts. He has been hiding for nine years.
Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, his military commander, have been indicted by the UN war crimes tribunal for genocide and war crimes, including the 1995 slaughter of up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica.
The two are the tribunal’s most wanted fugitives and remain at large thanks to a network of supporters which keep financing and otherwise facilitating their hiding.
Karadzic is suspected of hiding in the Serb-held part of Bosnia and Mladic is apparently hiding in Serbia.