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Names Of 50 Mladic Supporters In Secret Serbian Report


http://gdb.rferl.org/bb56ff40-460d-44f3-9a62-f98846b3786c_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/bb56ff40-460d-44f3-9a62-f98846b3786c_mw800_mh600.jpg Ratko Mladic, war crimes indictee (file photo) (epa) 9 February 2006 -- The names of more than 50 alleged accomplices of Serb war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic are in a confidential military security service report filed last week, the defense minister of Serbia and Montenegro said on 9 February.


In the report submitted last week to the country's Supreme Defense Council, the army admitted it had protected Mladic and "occasionally" sheltered him until June 2002.


Mladic has been sought by the UN's Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) since 1996 on charges of genocide for actions taken in the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia, including the massacre of some 8,000 Muslims at the town of Srebrenica.


Belgrade has been under heavy pressure to arrest and extradite Mladic, with the ICTY accusing the authorities of a lack of cooperation. Stankovic said the ICTY's chief prosecutor, Carla del Ponte, had given a positive opinion of the report during a visit to Belgrade on 6 February.


Stankovic said parts of the report would be made public as the investigation progresses.


He added that most of the alleged accomplices have now retired from armed services.


(dpa)

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

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