Background, quotes on The Hague, Karadzic

/ Source: staff and news service reports

Bosnian Serb wartime president Radovan Karadzic, indicted for genocide in the Bosnia war, was captured in disguise near Belgrade after 11 years on the run. Below are facts and figures on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where Karadzic is expected to be tried, as well as notable quotes from people affected by the war and world leaders.

Tribunal background:

  • The U.N. court has indicted 161 people for war crimes in the territory of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, 41 of whom have been tried in The Hague.
  • Fifty-six people have been found guilty and sentenced, ten have been acquitted, and 36 cases were dropped or the accused died. Aside from the fugitives, the rest are in various stages of trial, in The Hague or in their countries.
  • Two war crimes suspects are still wanted by the Hague Tribunal: General Ratko Mladic, who was Karadzic’s army commander and is wanted for genocide at Srebrenica, and Goran Hadzic, a Croatian Serb local official, indicted for planning the murder and deportations of non-Serbs in the self-declared Republic of Serbian Krajina in Croatia.

Notable quotes:

  • “For me, as someone who was in the war, wounded in the war, I don’t care (what the political motivation for his arrest was), I’m just glad he’s there. It’s important that we get back our feeling of existence in this world as human beings and that we have justice." —
  • “This is payback to the EU for bringing this new government to power. Karadzic is a Serbian hero. There will be a strong backlash." —
  • “This is a very important day for the victims who have waited for this arrest for over a decade. It is also an important day for international justice because it clearly demonstrates that nobody is beyond the reach of the law and that sooner or later all fugitives will be brought to justice.” —
  • “This news gives us immense satisfaction. The new government in Belgrade stands for a new Serbia, for a new quality of relations with the EU.” —
  • “He was at large because the Yugoslav army was protecting him. But this guy in my view was worse than Milosevic ... he was the intellectual leader.” —
  • “As the phone rang, I knew something was wrong. I’m shocked. Confused. At least now, we know he is alive.” —
  • “He just said that these people showed him a police badge and than he was taken to some place and kept in the room. And that is absolutely against the law, what they did.” —
  • “We congratulate the government of Serbia, and thank the people who conducted this operation for their professionalism and courage.” —