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.