OHR: Focus on Karadžić arrest

The Office of the High Representative (OHR) in Bosnia will focus on the capture of the Hague fugitive Radovan Karadžić, officials say.

Source: B92, Tanjug

High Representative's deputy Raffi Gregorian was today quoted as saying that the former political leader of the Bosnian Serbs wanted by the Hague Tribunal on war crimes charges has a support network that is "mostly financial".

"Now we are focusing on additional measures which will deprive that network of its resources,” Gregorian told the Sarajevo daily Dnevni Avaz.

He promised that any kind of "interaction" between Karadžić’s network in Bosnia-Herzegovina and its partners in Serbia would be interrupted, and that he hoped possible changes with the formation of a new government in Serbia would "contribute to that".

Gregorian did not wish to discuss what he referred to as "his role" in the arrest of Stojan Župljanin earlier this month.

"I’m glad that stories can be heard about my extraordinary role in that. That is pleasant for both the High Representative and myself. Once the entire story about the event is told, many things will be brought to light. It will be known who and in what way was involved in these activities,” HR Miroslav Lajčak's deputy said.

According to the daily, Gregorian explained that an important role in locating and arresting of Župljanin was played by the Bosnian state security, OSA, the Prosecutor’s Office and the Republic of Srpska MUP.

Župljanin, a Bosnian Serb indicted by the UN war crime court in The Hague, was arrested by Serbian MUP officers in an apartment in Pančevo, north of Belgrade.

"Not only did the actions of these institutions lead to his arrest, but they also discovered the ways in which the support networks help war criminals,” he said, and added that the chances of capturing other Hague fugitives were increasing, "especially when it comes to Karadžić".


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