Karadzic sorry for Mladics loss of freedom

27th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

In a message from his Dutch prison cell, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic said he regretted the arrest of his wartime ally Ratko Mladic on Thursday.

“President Karadzic is sorry for General Mladic’s loss of freedom and he looks forward to working with him to bring out the truth about what happened in Bosnia,” said Karadzic's American lawyer Peter Robinson.

The lawyer called The Associated Press to relay the message shortly after visiting Karadzic in a detention unit in The Hague where the two men accused of masterminding Europe's worst war crimes since World War II will be reunited in the near future.

Worst atrocity since World War II Mladic was Karadzic's military chief during the 1992-1995 Bosnian ethnic war that cost an estimated 100,000 lives.

Both have been indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes during the 1995 massacre of some 7,500 Muslim men and boys by in the UN-protected Srebrenica enclave in eastern Bosnia – the worst single atrocity in Europe since World War II. Mladic is also wanted in connection with the four-year siege of Sarajevo.

Extradition to The Hague Mladic’s arrest was hailed internationally. He has been 16 years on the run. First, he lived freely in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, and then disappeared after the arrest of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in 2001.

Now, Mladic faces the same procedure as Karadzic underwent three years ago after he was arrested on a Belgrade bus. He will first undergo Serbian extradition procedures before he can be flown to The Hague to face the UN war crimes tribunal. There, he will be taken directly to the tribunal's detention unit in a wing of a Dutch jail close to the North Sea coastline that Karadzic has called home since 2008.

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