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Karazdic caught, attention turns to Mladic

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Ratko Mladic, pictured in 1994

Radovan Karadzic FLASH GRAPHIC

BELGRADE (AFP) — With war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic finally in custody, Serbia came under increased pressure Thursday to capture his fugitive wartime military chief Ratko Mladic, also wanted for genocide.

“The Serbs are making a step forward in closing an ugly chapter in their past, and I just hope that Mladic is next,” US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in Singapore during an Asian tour.

Karadzic, disguised under flowing white locks of hair and thick beard, was arrested while riding a suburban bus in Belgrade on Monday night.

He is set to be moved to the UN war crimes court in the next few days despite mounting a legal challenge against the transfer from his prison cell in the Serbian capital.

The wartime Bosnian Serb leader intends to defend himself in the trial, raising concerns of a chaotic, marathon case like that of his former ally, Slobodan Milosevic, who died in detention at The Hague-based tribunal in 2006.

Karadzic, 63, had gone into hiding the year after he was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 1995 together with Mladic, 65.

Both face charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, extermination, murder, willful killing, persecutions, deportation and inhumane acts against Muslims, Croats and other non-Serb civilians during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war.

As more details emerged about the fake life Karadzic led as a guru healer to avoid being caught during more than a decade on the run, Rice said his arrest was a major “step forward for Serbia.”

“It showed tremendous will on the part of this new Serbian government, and I just hope there will be accelerated efforts” to help Belgrade in its bid for integration into the European Union, Rice said on a tour of Asia.

Full cooperation with the ICTY is the European Union’s main pre-condition for Serbia’s EU accession bid, and several bloc members oppose any advancement of its integration until the two remaining fugitives are caught.

The think-tank International Crisis Group on Thursday warned Brussels against rewarding Belgrade for Karadzic’s arrest until Mladic and Croatian Serb war crimes fugitive Goran Hadzic are sent to The Hague.

“The government should take advantage of the momentum and arrest the last two remaining indictees, Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic, by the end of this year,” the analyst James Lyon said in a commentary on the ICG website.

“Until it does so, the European Union should hold off on offering concessions or incentives.”

Meanwhile, Serbian police launched an investigation into the network that helped Karadzic remain at large for so long, thanks to his new identity as a long-haired alternative medicine practitioner.

Karadzic had assumed the identity of Dragan Dabic, an individual who was still alive in northern Serbian town Ruma, said Serbian Minister in charge of cooperation with the ICTY Rasim Ljajic.

Personal data on the identity cards of both men were the “same,” Ljajic told Beta news agency.

“The photos were the only difference between the two identity cards,” Ljajic said.

And Dabic himself told Tanjug news agency that the only similarities between him and Karadzic were that both had been born in 1942, were married and have two children.

“These are my only similarities with Karadzic, we do not even look alike,” said retired worker Dabic.

Karadzic’s lawyer Svetozar Vujacic insisted again that his client had been arrested on Friday in a local bus, confronting official statement that had put the arrest on Monday.

“Three witnesses in the bus are ready to testify,” Vujacic said, adding that he had, in the name of his client, filed a charge against unknown persons for “kidnapping Radovan Karadzic.”

For the third consecutive day, about 1,000 ultra-nationalists gathered in central Belgrade for a protest against Karadzic’s arrest.

Under heavy police scrutiny, they marched along central Belgrade avenues, chanting Karadzic’s name and shouting insults towards Serbian pro-European authorities and journalists covering the protest.

Vujacic said he would file an appeal against his client’s transfer to the ICTY at the last minute, to drag out the process.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 24, 2008 at 6:37 pm

World Focus on Burma (15-11-2007)

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  1. UN Envoy Reports on Extent of Myanmar Crackdown
    PBS –

    JIM LEHRER: Next, an update on the suppression of anti-government demonstrators in Myanmar, also known as Burma. The United Nations special envoy for human …

  2. UPDATE 1-EU warns may tighten Myanmar sanctions-draft
    Reuters UK, UK –
    … amend or further reinforce restrictive measures against the government of Burma/Myanmar in the light of developments on the ground. …
  3. UN human rights body backs new probe of Myanmar
    Reuters South Africa, South Africa –

    … triggered by a 500 percent oil price rise in the former Burma. The Brazilian professor, who visited Myanmar in November, said at least 31 people died …

  4. UN Human Rights Council To Send Expert To Burma, New Zealand –
    … 13 resolutions and decisions, including a request that the independent expert on Myanmar return to the South-East Asian nation for further assessments. …
  5. Energy for Thailand, Tragedy for Burma
    Asian Tribune, Thailand –
    General vulnerability in Myanmar is defined by accelerating impoverishment and the growing inability of the social service structures to address the basic …
  6. BURMA – BIRD FLU Burma reports first human case of bird flu
    France24, France –
    By Reuters The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday announced Myanmar (Burma)’s first human case of bird flu. The victim, a seven-year-old girl, …
  7. Mission of Burma Have a Burmese Mission, IL –

    … the stage at Allston, ma’s Great Scott January 20 to benefit the politically and economically troubled southeast Asian nation of Burma (aka Myanmar). …

  8. An Adventure in Burma, DC –
    … his people’s continuous fight for democracy (Burma was officially renamed Myanmar in 1989 but pro-democracy advocates refuse to acknowledge the change). …
  9. Canada enforces sanctions on Myanmar
    AFP –

    … to Burma, the Burmese regime has been completely unwilling to undertake genuine reform,” said Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier, referring to Myanmar by …

  10. Vote possible in House of Representatives to give US Congress’ top …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    AP WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives could vote as early as next week on whether to present Congress’ highest civilian honor to Myanmar democracy …
  11. Spies, suspicion and empty monasteries – Burma today
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –

    Buddhist monks at the Chaukhtatgyi Paya, or reclining Buddha, monastery in Yangon, Myanmar, Burma. Photograph: Sean Smith The security policemen who …

  12. Myanmar reports its first human case of bird flu, in 7-year-old girl
    Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP): Myanmar has confirmed the country’s first case of a human being infected by bird flu, state media reported Saturday. …
  13. Bird flu resurfaces in Asia, deaths and poultry outbreaks reported
    USA Today –
    The World Health Organization also confirmed Burma’s first human case. A 7-year-old girl from the eastern Shan State became ill Nov. …
  14. Religion dominated the public stage in 2007
    East Valley Tribune, AZ –
    … boldly marched this fall in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to raise world awareness of the military junta, which has cracked down on dissent over its actions. …
  15. Burma’s first human case of avian flu confirmed, India –
    The state-owned media New Light of Myanmar reported the outbreak saying the situation is under control. Earlier, the Burmese authorities concealed the …
  16. Richard Paw U, 85, helped unite Island Buddhists
    Honolulu Advertiser, HI –
    … Burma, he saw many changes in his lifetime, including the takeover of the area by a militia. The area of his birthplace is now known as Sittwe, Myanmar. …
  17. Serbia angered by EU move to send mission to Kosovo, MI –
    … amend or further reinforce restrictive measures against the government of Burma/Myanmar in the light of developments on the ground. …
  18. Obama can restore global trust
    Berkshire Eagle, MA –
    In October, I was looking at curios in the lobby of a small hotel in Burma (called Myanmar by the junta that rules it), when a very well dressed and coifed …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 15, 2007 at 2:48 am