AFP NATO peacekeepers search Mladic's wartime headquarters in Bosnia
NATO peacekeepers search Mladic's wartime headquarters in Bosnia
SARAJEVO (AFP) Jul 01, 2004
NATO-led peacekeepers were conducting a search Thursday in the eastern town
of Han Pijesak, the wartime base of the top Bosnian war crimes suspect Ratko
NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR) spokesman Marc Hope said that a facility
in the area of Han Pijesak was being searched with the assistance of the
Bosnian Serb police, but refused to give details.
Hope said that the search was "a part of our normal framework operations,"
to ensure compliance with the 1995 peace agreement that ended Bosnia's
Han Pijesak, located some 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Sarajevo, served
during the war as the headquarters of Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military
commander at the time.
One of the largest underground military facilities of the former Yugoslav
army is located there.
Mladic has been charged with genocide and other war crimes by the UN
tribunal at The Hague, notably for his alleged role in the 1995 Srebrenica
massacre of over 7,000 Muslim men and boys and the more than three-year-long
siege of Sarajevo.
He is allegedly hiding in neighboring Serbia although officials in Belgrade
The search comes just a day after 60 Bosnian Serb officials were sacked by
international High Representative Paddy Ashdown for helping fugitive war
crimes suspects evade capture.