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Monday, August 04, 2008

Serbia president vows to work with ICTY to find remaining fugitives
Devin Montgomery at 10:21 AM ET

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JURIST] Serbian President Boris Tadic [official website] said on Sunday that the country will fully cooperate with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] to find and arrest Ratko Mladic [ICTY materials, PDF; amended indictment, PDF] and Goran Hadzic [ICTY materials, PDF; indictment, PDF], two war crimes suspects still wanted by the court after the arrest [JURIST report] of Radovan Karadzic [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] in July. Both men were Serbian leaders during Yugoslavia's ethnic conflicts of the 1990s. Mladic faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity for overseeing the Srebrenica [JURIST news archive] prison massacre and other killings of Bosnian Muslims and Croats, while Hadzic faces crimes against humanity charges for killings of non-Serbs and for abuses in Croatian prison camps. Tadic's pledge to cooperate with the court comes despite widespread protests [JURIST report] against the prosecution of Karadic by Serbian nationalist groups. BBC News has more. AP has additional coverage.

Last week, Karadzic said irregularities surrounding his arrest would prevent him from receiving a fair trial by the ICTY and refused to enter a plea [JURIST reports] in his first appearance before the court. The capture of Karadzic, Mladic, and Hadzic has been a major goal of the ICTY [press release], and follows the June arrest [JURIST report] of former Bosnian Serb police commander Stojan Zupljanin [Trial Watch profile]. ICTY Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz [ICC profile; JURIST report] had long criticized Serbia for its failure to find and capture [JURIST report] war crimes suspects hiding in the country. Brammertz has vowed to try all war crimes suspects [JURIST report] before the expiration of the ICTY's mandate in 2010.

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