Thursday, August 05, 2010

Serbia / Bosnia and Herzegovina / International Tribunals

Serb Officials Accused of Sheltering Mladic
By Daniel McLaughlin
The Irish Times, August 5, 2010
"A senior US diplomat has called for a crackdown on the Bosnian 'support network' of war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic and accused security service agents in the country's Serb-run region of helping him evade capture. Raffi Gregorian said Gen. Mladic, who is accused of genocide for his role in the massacre of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995, was being assisted by members of his family who live in Bosnia and former bodyguards, 'who are now employed in various security agencies of the Republika Srpska.' Gen. Mladic is believed to be hiding somewhere in Serbia, where he is also thought to receive protection from loyal allies who are current or former members of the security services. ...
While Serbia's pro-western government has condemned Gen. Mladic and insists it is doing everything it can to find him, officials in Republika Srpska are more ambivalent towards him and his political chief during Bosnia's 1992-5 war, Radovan Karadzic, who is on trial at the United Nations war crimes court in The Hague. Dr. Karadzic's former party held a ceremony honouring him and ally Momcilo Krajisnik -- who was jailed for 20 years by the UN war crimes court -- on the eve of last month's 15th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. Bosnia's top envoys, led by international high representative Valentin Inzko, issued a statement in response in which they 'strongly condemned recent actions and statements by senior politicians in Republika Srpska officially glorifying Serb convicted war criminals and denying the fact that genocide took place in Srebrenica in July 1995.' [...]"

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