Bosnian Serb leader arrested but SPDC leaders still free

 Bosnian Serb leader arrested but SPDC leaders still free

International Herald Tribune

Bosnian Serb leader, top war crimes suspect, arrested

Published: July 22, 2008

PARIS: Bosnia’s Serb wartime president, Radovan Karadzic, one of the world’s most wanted war criminals for his part in the massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995, has been arrested, Serbian President Boris Tadic’s office said on Monday.

Serge Brammertz, the prosecutor of the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague, said in a statement late Monday that Karadzic would be transferred to The Hague, but “the date will be determined in due course.”

Karadzic’s place of arrest was not announced, but Serbian government officials said Karadzic had been arrested by the Serbian secret police at a site not far from Belgrade, Serbia’s capital, nearly 13 years after he was first indicted on war crimes.

“This is a very important day for the victims who have waited for this arrest for over a decade,” Brammertz said. “It is also an important day for international justice because it clearly demonstrates that nobody is beyond the reach of the law and that sooner or later all fugitives will be brought to justice.”

Karadzic had topped the tribunal’s most-wanted list for more than a decade and was said to have resorted to elaborate disguises to elude authorities. Hague and European Union officials have long suspected that he was hiding in Serbia, and have pressed Belgrade to hand him over.

His reported hide-outs included refurbished caves in the mountains of eastern Bosnia and Serbian orthodox monastaries. Some Serbian newspapers reported that he had eluded arrest for the past 13 years by shaving off his signature mane of wild gray hair and disguising himself in a brown cassock.

The arrest, 11 years after Karadzic went into hiding, marks the culmination of a long and protracted effort by the west to press Serbia to arrest Karadzic for what is widely considered among the most heinous crimes committed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

It comes just weeks after a new pro-western coalition government in Serbia was formed whose overriding goal is to bring Serbia into the European Union, the world’s biggest trading bloc. The EU has made delivering indicted war criminals to the Hague a precondition for Serbia’s membership.

The arrest was hailed by western diplomats as proof of Serbia’s determination to link itself to the west and put the virulent nationalism of the past behind it. It has particular resonance because the new coalition government is the result of an alliance between the Democrats of President Boris Tadic and the Socialist Party of former Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, which fought a war against the west in the 1990s, but has now vowed to bring Serbia back into the western fold.

In a sign that the move would accelerate Serbia’s path to the European Union, the EU’s enlargement chief Olli Rehn said Monday that the arrest of the top Bosnian Serb warcrimes fugitive was a “milestone” that would help clear the way for the poor Balkan nation to join the bloc.

“This is certainly a milestone in Serbia’s cooperation with the international criminal tribunal on the former Yugoslavia. It proves the determination of the new government to achieve full cooperation with the tribunal,” he said. He said he and EU foreign ministers would meet with Serbia’s foreign minister Vuk Jeremic at an EU foreign affairs meeting in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss how the EU might accelerate ties with Serbia.

A NATO spokesman described the arrest as “good news for the international community”.

Karadzic’s location has long been a subject of international speculation since he went underground in 1997. The west has long suspected Belgrade of failing to pursue Karadzic, who is believed to have been hiding within Serbia until arrest Monday.

The United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague indicted the former leader on July 24, 1995, just days after thousands of unarmed Bosnian men were executed in and around the Bosnian town of Screbrenica, a UN protected enclave which was overrun by Bosnian Serb military and police. Their forces were assisted closely by Serbian troops sent by Belgrade.

The prosecution charged him with genocide, persecution, deportation and other crimes committed against non-Serb civilians in Bosnia during the 1992-1995 war.

He was indicted together with his chief military commander, Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic, who is still on the run and believed to be in Serbia.


Hell Hounds at large: Radovan Karadžić and Than Shwe


I am right to call both of them Hell hounds but Radovan Karadzic is no-more free to roam and terrorize its helpless people, thank to the rescuing forces of UN, US and Allied NATO forces but Than Shwe alone is roaming freely terrorizing the whole Myanmar or Burma. He is not the human king but king of the jungle, ruling the Myanmar with the ‘Rules of the Jungle’. But he is not even the Lion King nor Saddan Sin Min (legendary Elephant King) but a Hell Hound only.

There is currently an outstanding international arrest warrant against Karadžić following the Rule 61 of ICTY which concluded that there are reasonable grounds for believing that the accused has committed the crimes in question including genocide. US government has since offered a $5 million award for his arrests.

I was wondering whether Than Shwe and cohorts could avoid the International Criminal Court by following the fate of Hitler or Milosevic by deciding to die. My suggesting that Than Shwe and cohorts could show off like Saddam Hussein or Milosevic by arguing their own cases at the International Criminal Court by an attack is also not possible. They are trying to use the axiom in the football, ‘the best defence is attack.’


Radovan Karadžić Than Shwe




Radovan Karadzic graduated as a doctor and became a psychologist. Than Shwe, a one-time specialist in psychological warfare.
Got power in 1992 (13 may). Got power in 1992 (23 April).
Former nationalist president, Head of state. Heads the SPDC Government, Head of state.
In 1989 he co-founded the Serbian Democratic Party (SDP) !!! Founded SPDC (SPD Council) See SDP and SPD, similar?
Leading the slaughter of thousands of Bosnian Muslims and Croats. Leading the slaughter of thousands of demonstrators, numerous ethnic minorities, Muslims and Rohingyas.
Indicted for war crimes by the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Going to be indicted soon by International Criminal Court or tribunal.
A fugitive. Future fugitive.
Interpol warrant issued. Interpol warrant coming soon.
Accused of having ordered the ethnic cleansing of Bosniaks and Croats. Accused of having ordered the ethnic cleansing of Ethnic Minorities and Rohingyas.
A, crimes against humanity, crimes against life and health, genocide, grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva conventions, murder, plunder, and violations of the laws or customs of war. The Indictment [1] charges Karadžić on the basis of his individual criminal responsibility (Article 7(1) of the Statute) and superior criminal responsibility (Article 7(3) of the Statute). Assault at Depayin, crimes against humanity, , genocide, grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva conventions, murder, plunder, arresting the leaders of Shan leaders and NLD leaders.
Indicted for two counts of genocide. Could be indicted for the multiple counts of genocide.
Five counts of crimes against humanity (Article 5 of the Statute – extermination, murder. Multiple counts of crimes against humanity extermination, murder. 
Persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds, persecutions, inhumane acts (forcible transfer). Persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds, persecutions, inhumane acts (forcible transfer).
Violations of the laws or customs of war (Article 3 of the Statute – murder, unlawfully inflicting terror upon civilians. Violations of the laws or customs of war (Article 3 of the Statute – murder, unlawfully inflicting terror upon civilians.
In November 2004, British defence officials conceded that military action was unlikely to be successful in bringing Karadžić and other suspects to trial, and that putting political pressure on Balkan governments would be more likely to succeed. British, EU USA officials conceded for now that military action was unlikely to be successful in bringing Than Shwe, SPDC Generals and other suspects to trial, and that putting political pressure on Myanmar, ASEAN, EU, China and Indian governments would be more likely to succeed.
Went into hiding – possibly in the mountainous southeastern area of the Serb-controlled part of Bosnia, and protected by paramilitaries. Went into hiding – in the mountainous Kyat Pyae area protected by paramilitaries or Kyant Phuts.
Indicted together with MILOŠEVIĆ ICTY had indicted 161 persons.  Going to be indicted together with Vice-chairman of SPDC: Maung Aye1.       Prime minister: Soe Win2.       Defence minister: Than Shwe3.       Foreign minister: Nyan Win4.       Home affairs minister: Maung Oo5.       and SPDC soldiers, commanders etc ie hundreds of Myanmar Military persons.
Only six of these remained “at large”. The cases against 85 of the indicted had been concluded: 43 were found guilty, 8 acquitted, 25 had their indictments withdrawn, and six had died – 3 of these in custody, 3 while on parole. Four cases had been sent to national courts for trial. 15 of those convicted had completed their sentences and been released by March 2006.[1] Let’s wait and see on the silver screen.
The indicted ranged from common soldiers to generals and police commanders al the way to Prime Ministers. Slobodan Milošević was the first sitting head of state indicted for war crimes.[2] Other “high level” indicted included Milan Babić, Croatian Serb prime minister of Republika Srpska Krajina; Ramush Haradinaj, Albanian prime minister of Kosovo; Radovan Karadžić, Montenegrin former President of Republika Srpska; and Ratko Mladić, Bosnian Serb army commander.  The indicted will be, ranged from common soldiers to generals and police commanders al the way to Prime Ministers.Than Shwe will be the second sitting head of state indicted for war crimes.Soe Win would be another prime minister to be indicted.Maung Aye will be army commander-in-chief indicted. 
US government has since offered a $5 million award for his arrests.  We have to wait and see how much US government would be willing to offer for Than Shwe’s arrest.

UNSC is almost paralysed by the blockage of China and Russia’s vetoes. USA is bogged down by Iraq. Buddha had already entered the Parinibban (Nirvana) and not ready to answer our prayers. So we have no one to turn to. But Buddha had entrusted the Tha Gyar Min (King of gods) to take the responsibility to monitor the human beings. Tha Gyar Min’s Emerald bed’s foam mattress’s sudden hardening as a warning sign of serious problems on earth is also no more useful because Tha Gyar Min is already away from the bed on the field duty in Burma. The only positive point is: Tha Gyar Min even need not use his ‘Diva Sakkhu‘ or Angel Telescope to investigate this, he already knows all. But he had failed his duty to look after Buddha’s subjects.

Dear Pho Tha Gyar Min, Thingyan is not over yet and we all know that you are still on earth busy with your job of recording the sinners in dog-leather merit book. But those SPDG Generals or Hell Hounds at large in Myanmar are never afraid of Sansara or the life hereafter. They are not scared that their name would be recorded in your dog leather book. They believe that the ‘Power come out from the barrel of the guns’ only. But if Tha Gyar Min shoots them with the lightening thunder weapon their body would be burnt and useless. We heard that your stock of dog leather books is very low. We hereby suggested Tha Gyar Min to skin alive those Hell Hounds at large in Myanmar, the SPDG Generals. It will solve two problems at the same time.  

Dear Pho Tha Gyar, if those hounds or hunting dogs’ were skinned alive, Tha Ger Min need not worry anymore for the continuous supply of dog leather as there are more than 400,000 SPDC-dog-soldiers. So in Burmese we could call ‘Nga Kyin sie nhint Nga Kyin kyaw thee’ or in other words Pho Tha Gyar could use the SPDC Hell Hounds’ hides or leathers to record the sins of SPDG Regime.

Maha Bandula 



Mr. Vulture said _

Dear Great Bandula, this is a very meticulously researched and written article with an excellent “compare and contrast format”. You have discovered some very uncanny parallelisms.
Please do a similar one on Sein and Shwe (Saddam and Than) and let me contribute one fact:  Saddam headed the Baath Socialist Party, Thanshwe’s stepfather Ne Win headed the BSPP.
Also, Rangoon is like Kuwait or Basra and Mandalay is like Bagdad.
Actually Rgn to Mandalay is 440 miles whereas Rgn to Pyimana is about 300miles, about the same as Basra to Bagdad.
I once wrote a compare and contrast essay on about the geography and politics of Iraq and Burma and even included a dream-fantasy of the US invading Burma, following the same route to Bagdad except that the Burma invasion will be finished in just 3 days, not 3 weeks.
I love your article but the only thing I must say in the way of corrections is the number of SPDC soldiers and officers who must stand trial.
You mentioned the figure, “hundreds.”
I beg to differ and suggest you edit it to “hundreds of thousands” since you later at the end of your piece said there are more than 400,000 MAD sitt-khway, soldier-dogz (Myanmar Army Dictator’s, MAD)

Naing Win Zahid said _

SPDC are not longer and they will get thire punishment soon by the God.


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