Tuesday, July 22, 2008

War leader's false identity 'so convincing'

FORMER Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic changed his looks, assumed a false identity and worked freely in the Serbian capital until his arrest.

Serbian officials today released a photo showing Mr Karadzic with long white hair and a beard.
He lived under a false name in Belgrade, Serbian war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic said.
"His false identity was so convincing," Mr Vukcevic said.
"He moved freely around town, appeared in public places and worked for a private ambulance company. People didn't recognise him."
Serbia's top official for cooperation with the UN war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia, said Serb authorities arrested Mr Karadzic late yesterday while he was travelling in Belgrade.
"Karadzic used false documents with the name Dragan Dabic," Rasim Ljajic, the minister in charge of cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), said.
"We are still reconstructing Karadzic's movement and will use that to arrest the remaining fugitives."
Mr Ljajic and Mr Vukcevic showed journalists a photo of Mr Karadzic with glasses, and with long, white hair and a beard.
Charged with organising the deadly siege of Sarajevo and the 1995 massacre of up to 8000 Muslims in Srebrenica, Mr Karadzic had topped the tribunal's most-wanted list for more than a decade.
Prosecutors say a judge has ordered Mr Karadzic's transfer to UN war crimes court in The Hague.


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