Iran hails arrest of Serb war criminal

TEHRAN, July 23 (MNA) – Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi hailed the arrest of Bosnian Serb wartime president Radovan Karadzic as a “landmark in fight against the culture of no-punishment”.

Karadzic, the accused mastermind of Europe’s worst massacre since World War II, was arrested in Serbia on Monday.

 

“Arresting this war criminal whose hands are stained with the blood of thousands of innocent people is a historic and unforgettable moment which has been the desire of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and other world nations, especially Muslims which were waiting to see him on trial for 12 years,” Qashqavi stated.

 

He expressed hope that Karadzic’s accomplices will also be arrested to “soothe the unforgettable and great pain” of the Bosnian people.

 

Karadzic is twice indicted for genocide for the 43-month siege of Sarajevo which claimed 12,000 lives and for orchestrating the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica, the worst atrocity in Europe since World War Two.

 

A judge on Tuesday finished interrogating him — the first step in a procedure aimed at handing the accused over to a UN war crimes court.

 

The opening round of the legal process included presenting the wartime Bosnian Serb leader with the indictment and allowing Karadzic three days to appeal any decision to extradite him to the UN tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.

 

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