NATO troops in Bosnia released the son of fugitive war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic today after questioning him about his father's whereabouts, an official said.
Aleksandar Sasa Karadzic was handed over to local police in Pale, a one-time stronghold of his father, the former Bosnian Serb leader, about 10 miles east of Sarajevo, said NATO spokesman Derek Chapell.
He was detained July 7 as part of efforts to hunt down war crimes suspects and disrupt their network of supporters, Chapell said.
During his detention, the younger Karadzic was held by NATO forces at an unspecified location. A NATO statement issued after he was detained said Karadzic was "suspected of rendering support to an … indicted war criminal, and may have information vital to the goal of locating indicted war criminals or identifying their supporters."
A UN war crimes tribunal has indicted Radovan Karadzic for genocide and war crimes, including the 1995 massacre of as many as 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica.
He remains one of the tribunal's most wanted fugitives, and it is believed that supporters in Bosnia and Serbia have helped him elude capture and remain free in the Serb-held part of Bosnia, despite a US-sponsored $5m reward for information leading to his arrest.