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EU, NATO forces raid homes of Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect's family

[JURIST] EU and NATO forces on Thursday raided the homes of family members of wanted Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile; ICTY indictment], looking for information on Karadzic's location. In a sunrise raid, the forces entered the homes of Karadzic's wife Ljiljana Zelen Karadzic, his daughter Sonja Karadzic Jovicevic and alleged aide Smiljka Popov. The forces questions all three during the raid. The EU and NATO regularly conduct raids [JURIST report] on Karadzic's family and suspected aides in an attempt to locate the fugitive.

Karadzic and fellow war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic [BBC profile; ICTY indictment] are believed to have masterminded the 1995 massacre of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslims by government forces at Srebrenica. Many believe that Karadzic is hiding in the Serb-controlled part of Bosnia nearby Montenegro, and that Mladic is hiding in Serbia. Last month, new International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz said he will do everything in his power to ensure that Mladic and Karadzic are arrested as soon as possible [JURIST report]. AFP has more.

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