The Netherlands is ‘extremely pleased’ that Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic has been arrested, a spokesman for the foreign affairs ministry said on Tuesday.
Karadzic, who has been on the run for over 10 years, is wanted for war crimes in connection with the massacre of 7,500 men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995 among other charges.
‘This is a small piece of justice for the families [of those killed], Joris Voorhoeve, Dutch defence minister at the time, told NOS news. Srebrenica was under the protection of Dutch UN troops at the time of the massacre.
Chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz of the Yugoslavia tribunal in The Hague congratulated the Serbian authorities on the arrest. ‘This is a very important day for the victims who have waited for this arrest for over a decade,’ the BBC quoted him as saying.
The arrest of Karadzic is one of the main conditions for full Serbian entry to the EU, and one which the Netherlands fought hard for.
Karadzic was apparently arrested after several weeks surveillance. He is now in the hands of the war crimes tribunal authorities in Belgrade, who have declined to talk about the case.
NOS tv reports that at least 10 camera crews have gathered at the high security UN wing at Scheveningen prison, ready to film Karadzic’s arrival. Slobodan Milosevic was also held in the unit, arriving by helicopter in the middle of the night.
For the tribunal statement, click here
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