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Details Emerge on the Capture of Radovan Karadzic

The ex-leader of Bosnian Serbs, allegedly responsible for some of the worst atrocities of the region's war, was arrested this week after spending some 10 years in hiding. Independent Televsion News examines the details of his capture.

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    Finally tonight, the capture of one of the world's best-known war crimes fugitives. Our coverage begins with a report from Bill Neely of Independent Television News in Belgrade.


    These photos have sent shockwaves through the Balkans and beyond, because Radovan Karadzic has certainly changed his appearance, but he wasn't hiding it. It's the face of a well-known doctor living in the heart of Serbia's capital.

    This was Radovan Karadzic 12 years ago at the height of his power. Since then, he's become one of the world's most wanted men, until justice, in the shape of Serbian secret police, caught up with him.

    The Serb authorities showed off his photos. They had finally moved against the man in their midst.

    "We were following a group of people, part of a network," he says, "that was helping Karadzic." He was using a false identity, Dragan Dabic, a doctor.

    The photos and Karadzic have now been handed to Serbia's own war crimes prosecutor. Karadzic heard the charges against him, including 11 counts of genocide. He has three days to appeal.

    The gravest charges relate to this: the mass murder of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. Karadzic is charged with organizing it, the worst massacre in Europe since World War II.

    Exactly how Karadzic evaded arrest for 11 years isn't known, but some of the world's most powerful armies scoured Bosnia for him, spies, satellites and troops failing to find a man who had the active help of the Serbian Orthodox Church to hide in monasteries.

    But once on the run, Karadzic eluded the authorities. Serbs didn't want to capture him; NATO forces tried fitfully, one raid as late as three months ago.

    Radovan Karadzic practiced openly in Belgrade as a new-age doctor. The man who directed the mass murder of his fellow Bosnians wrote for Healthy Life magazine.

    The man supposedly in hiding gave an open air lecture two months ago. He was regarded as an expert in meditation, calmness and silence, but he brought death, destruction and havoc to Bosnia.

    And soon he will have his day in a war crimes court.