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General Ratko Mladic (l) is wanted by the war crimes tribunal in The Hague (file photo) (epa) 18 January 2006 -- Bosnian Serb police are searching for a top war crimes suspect, Ratko Mladic, in an eastern Bosnian region often reported to be a hideout of the former Bosnian Serb commander.

Police spokesman Radovan Pejic said the search centers on an area near the eastern town of Zepa, near the underground bunker where Mladic is last reported to have been sighted, in mid-2003.


Pejic declined to give more details. The Bosnian Serb news agency SRNA also said the police were searching for Mladic.


Serbia and the Serb half of Bosnia, the Republika Srpska, are under growing Western pressure to extradite the two top fugitives, and Radovan Karadzic, both of whom are believed to be hiding in Republika Srpska or in neighboring Serbia and Montenegro.


(AFP, Reuters)

The Fugitives

Ratko Mladic (left) confers with Radovan Karadzic during a meeting in Pale in 1993 (epa)

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Ten years have passed since former Bosnian Serb leader RADOVAN KARADZIC and his former military commander General RATKO MLADIC were indicted by the Hague-based war crimes tribunal for genocide and other war crimes. The two fugitives remain at large, despite the obligation of NATO-led peacekeepers and the various governments in the region to arrest the indictees and send them to The Hague. Many people wonder why the most powerful military alliance in history and a host of governments seeking Euro-Atlantic integration remain unable to catch the two... (more)


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