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Yugoslavia: NATO Arrests General For Bosnia War Crimes

Brussels, 2 December 1998 (RFE/RL) - NATO-led troops in Bosnia have arrested General Radislav Krstic, who is on the international list of suspected war criminals. Krstic was charged under a sealed indictment relating to the Serb capture of the UN-protected Muslim enclave of Srebenica in 1995. About 8,000 Muslims, mostly civilians, are believed to have been killed in the capture of Srebenica.

NATO Secretary General Javier Solana said in a statement issued in Brussels that Krstic is now being processed for transfer to the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.

In his statement, Solana said persons indicted for war crimes still at large should realize that they, too, will be brought to justice. He again urged these indictees to surrender immediately.

The tribunal's chief prosecutor, Louise Arbour, described Krstic as "a very significant military leader" and said she believed he was still serving in the Bosnian Serb army.

The tribunal has so far completed four trials of war criminals from the former Yugoslavia and has another three ongoing. It has 25 detainees in custody at Scheveningen, near the Hague.