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  • Snezana Lazovic
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,535191,00.html THE GUARDIAN (UK) Friday 11 August 2001 Street snatch of war suspect Richard Norton-Taylor
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      THE GUARDIAN (UK)
      Friday 11 August 2001

      Street snatch of war suspect

      Richard Norton-Taylor

      British and other Nato-led peacekeepers yesterday seized a
      senior Bosnian Serb army commander wanted by the Hague war
      crimes tribunal in connection with the Srebrenica massacre six
      years ago.

      Colonel Vidoje Blagojevic, a serving member of the Bosnian
      Serb army, was arrested near Banja Luka in the northwest of the
      country.

      According to British defence sources the SAS - whose soldiers
      have captured a number of war crimes suspects - was not
      involved in this operation.

      Col Blagojevic led the 1st Bratunac brigade of the Bosnian Serb
      army's Drina corps. It operated in Bratunac and Srebrenica,
      eastern towns purged of non-Serbs during Bosnia's ethnic war of
      1992-95.

      The UN tribunal refused to comment yesterday, but Bosnian
      Serb police and military sources were reported as saying Col
      Blagojevic was wanted on a sealed indictment. The charges are
      believed to relate to crimes in Srebrenica, where up to 8,000
      Muslim men were slaughtered after the town fell to Serb forces
      in July 1995.

      The Bosnian Serb deputy interior minister, Zeljko Janjetovic,
      said Col Blagojevic was stopped by a civilian vehicle while
      driving his car, and that five or six men in uniform pulled him out.

      Other sources said he and a fellow officer were on their way to a
      meeting on clearing landmines called by S-For peacekeepers
      when two British military Jeeps and two civilian vehicles
      approached his car.

      Several people jumped from the vehicles, used rubber bullets to
      smash the windows, pulled Col Blagojevic out, and sped off,
      these witnesses said.

      A Reuters photographer saw an abandoned vehicle with
      smashed front windows on the outskirts of Banja Luka.

      * Prosecutors charged Slobodan Milosevic's daughter, Marija,
      32, yesterday with firing a pistol into the air during the former
      president's arrest in Belgrade in April.
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