Serb state intelligence service protected Karadzic: Minister

Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said "Karadzic's arrest was a part of a "classical turnover of power and the turning over of Radovan Karadzic."

Serb state intelligence service protected Karadzic: Minister
By Worl Bulletin Staff

According to AKI news agency, Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said on Wednesday that the state intelligence service had protected Bosnian Serb wartime president Radovan Karadzic.

Karadic was arrested in Belgrade late on Monday after thirteen years in hiding.

Not a single policeman took part in Karadzic's arrest, but this was done by the state security agency (BIA), which is not under his control, Dacic told Belgrade daily Press.

"BIA had protected him and BIA has now turned him over," Dacic said without elaborating.

He said it would be interesting who, and on whose orders, had protected Karadzic until now.

Karadzic's arrest was a part of a "classical turnover of power and the turning over of Radovan Karadzic," said Dacic.

He took over as Interior Minister in the new government of prime minister Mirko Cvetkovic earlier this month.

Dacic seemed to blame former prime minister Vojislav Kostunica, who was ousted by president Boris Tadic's pro-European coalition in the May election for dragging his feet on arresting Karadzic.
Last Mod: 24 Temmuz 2008, 08:54
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