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01 Aug 08

Bosnia Probes Karadzic Support Network

Sarajevo_Bosnia`s State Prosecutor's Office will continue to investigate the networks of Hague fugitive supporters, local media report.
“Those investigations are ongoing even after the arrest of Radovan Karadzic. I have to add that no indictment has been raised against people who are suspected as a part of this network,” Selma Hecimovic, spokeswomen for State Prosecution told to daily Dnevni Avaz.

According to the newspaper, the prosecution is currently investigating 44 persons, including the family members of Karadzic, who was arrested in Belgrade on July 21 and delivered to the Hague on July 30.

Radovan Karadzic, indicted for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, appeared for the first time in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY, on Thursday. He refused to have a defense councilor saying that he would like to represent himself during trail.

The day after his appearance in the ICTY, most Bosnia media outlets carry reactions to what he said in the Hague. Many have commented that he used his first appearance for propaganda purposes, talking about irregularities over his arrest and alleged agreements to keep him out of reach from the Tribunal.

Mirsad Tokaca, president of the NGO Research and Documentation Center from Sarajevo, believes that Karadzic will try to obstruct the trail.

“He will try to use all possible tactical manipulations, but evidence the prosecution has against him is so strong that that tactic can only work against him,” Tokaca believes.

Still, he said, the trial against Karadzic will be long and complicated, but hopefully successful in the end.

Fadila Memisevic, director of the local branch of Society for Threatened Peoples, also believes that the trial. “In the name of thousands of his victims, I have to say that I believe in the end the verdict will be just. I expect justice to win this battle,” Memisevic said.

Haris Silajdzic, the Bosniak member of the Bosnian Presidency, said in an official statement that Karadzic in the courtroom appeared in his true role: “as a bitter war criminal who, this time, looks as humble as it is possible looking in the face of justice, and looking powerless before all those who are his and his institution`s victims”.

The Croat member of the Bosnian presidency, Zeljko Komsic wrote on his blog that he expects that Karadzic "as Milosevic will try to endlessly extend the trial".

"I hope that the judges have learned their lesson with Milosevic and will not allow the same to Karadzic," he wrote.

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