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Voice of America, 00-04-22

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CONTENTS

  • [01] NATO/ARREST (S & L) BY STEFAN BOS (BUDAPEST)
  • [02] NATO/ARREST (S & L) BY STEFAN BOS (BUDAPEST)

  • [01] NATO/ARREST (S & L) BY STEFAN BOS (BUDAPEST)

    DATE=4/22/2000
    TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
    NUMBER=2-261624
    CONTENT=
    VOICED AT:

    INTRO: NATO officials say a Bosnian Serb, the first war crimes suspect indicted by a United Nations tribunal, has been arrested for alleged atrocities committed during the Bosnian conflict. Stefan Bos reports from Budapest that former prison camp commander Dragan Nikolic was arrested in the American sector of Serb-controlled northern Bosnia.

    TEXT: NATO officials say peacekeepers arrested Mr. Nikolic late Friday and that he was later transported to the U-N War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. In a statement, NATO Secretary-General George Robertson said the arrest shows that, in his words, "those indicted war criminals who remain at large have no permanent hiding place." Mr. Nikolic had already been indicted in November 1994 by the War Crimes Tribunal for alleged atrocities during the Bosnian war. During part of that conflict, he commanded the feared Susica prison camp for Bosnian Muslims, near Vlasenica, after it was taken over by Serb fighters in April 1992. U-N prosecutors suspect Mr. Nikolic of killing eight Muslim detainees and torturing or mistreating seven others. He is also accused of illegally imprisoning 500 Bosnians and of orchestrating illegal deportations.

    /// REST OPT FOR LONG ///

    U-N officials told reporters that Mr. Nikolic was arrested under what they described as "the longest outstanding arrest warrant at the tribunal." They say the arrest of the former prison commander is the latest in a series of high-profile suspects arrested by NATO forces following years of complaints that the peacekeepers were not aggressive enough in bringing alleged war criminals to justice. The former first chief prosecutor of the U-N Tribunal in The Hague, Richard Goldstone, told V-O-A in a recent interview that there were indications that NATO might soon arrest the man described as suspect number one - former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. He also referred to last month's arrest of Momcilo Krajisnik, a one-time senior aid to the former Serb leader.

    /// GOLDSTONE ACT ///

    I think it is significant that it was French troops that arrested Mr. Krajisnik. It's an indication that hopefully [Mr.] Karadzic won't be too far away when he joins Mr. Krasjnik in a trial.

    /// END ACT ///

    Mr. Goldstone says he believes that NATO and the United Nations are increasingly focusing their attention on the military and political leaders they hold responsible for the nationalist conflicts that have plagued the region. Meanwhile, Radovan Karadzic and his former military chief, General Ratko Mladic, remain at large. Mr. Karadzic is believed to be in Bosnia while the general is said to be living in the Yugoslav capital, Belgrade, under the protection of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. (Signed)
    NEB/SB/ALW/JP 22-Apr-2000 13:39 PM EDT (22-Apr-2000 1739 UTC)
    NNNN
    Source: Voice of America

    [02] NATO/ARREST (S & L) BY STEFAN BOS (BUDAPEST)

    DATE=4/22/2000
    TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
    NUMBER=2-261624
    CONTENT=
    VOICED AT:

    INTRO: NATO officials say a Bosnian Serb, the first war crimes suspect indicted by a United Nations tribunal, has been arrested for alleged atrocities committed during the Bosnian conflict. Stefan Bos reports from Budapest that former prison camp commander Dragan Nikolic was arrested in the American sector of Serb-controlled northern Bosnia.

    TEXT: NATO officials say peacekeepers arrested Mr. Nikolic late Friday and that he was later transported to the U-N War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. In a statement, NATO Secretary-General George Robertson said the arrest shows that, in his words, "those indicted war criminals who remain at large have no permanent hiding place." Mr. Nikolic had already been indicted in November 1994 by the War Crimes Tribunal for alleged atrocities during the Bosnian war. During part of that conflict, he commanded the feared Susica prison camp for Bosnian Muslims, near Vlasenica, after it was taken over by Serb fighters in April 1992. U-N prosecutors suspect Mr. Nikolic of killing eight Muslim detainees and torturing or mistreating seven others. He is also accused of illegally imprisoning 500 Bosnians and of orchestrating illegal deportations.

    /// REST OPT FOR LONG ///

    U-N officials told reporters that Mr. Nikolic was arrested under what they described as "the longest outstanding arrest warrant at the tribunal." They say the arrest of the former prison commander is the latest in a series of high-profile suspects arrested by NATO forces following years of complaints that the peacekeepers were not aggressive enough in bringing alleged war criminals to justice. The former first chief prosecutor of the U-N Tribunal in The Hague, Richard Goldstone, told V-O-A in a recent interview that there were indications that NATO might soon arrest the man described as suspect number one - former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. He also referred to last month's arrest of Momcilo Krajisnik, a one-time senior aid to the former Serb leader.

    /// GOLDSTONE ACT ///

    I think it is significant that it was French troops that arrested Mr. Krajisnik. It's an indication that hopefully [Mr.] Karadzic won't be too far away when he joins Mr. Krasjnik in a trial.

    /// END ACT ///

    Mr. Goldstone says he believes that NATO and the United Nations are increasingly focusing their attention on the military and political leaders they hold responsible for the nationalist conflicts that have plagued the region. Meanwhile, Radovan Karadzic and his former military chief, General Ratko Mladic, remain at large. Mr. Karadzic is believed to be in Bosnia while the general is said to be living in the Yugoslav capital, Belgrade, under the protection of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. (Signed)
    NEB/SB/ALW/JP 22-Apr-2000 13:39 PM EDT (22-Apr-2000 1739 UTC)
    NNNN
    Source: Voice of America
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