Friday, August 26, 2005
Web posted at: 8/27/2005 2:1:26
Source ::: AFP
BELGRADE: A senior bishop in the influential Serbian Orthodox Church has called on fugitive Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic to surrender to the Hague-based UN war crimes court that has charged him with genocide and crimes against humanity, radio B92 reported yesterday.
“If I were him, I would go to The Hague,” Bishop Amfilohije was quoted by the radio as saying in an interview to Austrian APA news agency.
Karadzic, the alleged architect of the Bosnian Serbs’ ethnic cleansing policies, has been charged with war crimes and genocide during the 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo in which some 10,000 civilians were killed, and the massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim males in the eastern town of Srebrenica in July 1995.
However, Radomir Nikcevic, the bishop’s chief of cabinet, denied Amfilohije had called on Karadzic to surrender to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.
“This is absolutely untrue because the bishop has clearly said that there are no grounds at all for him to call on Karadzic to surrender to the Tribunal,” Nikcevic told Tanjug news agency.
Nikcevic insisted that Karadzic has not been in hiding in Montenegro, adding that Bishop Amfilohije “did not say that Karadzic or any other suspect could hide in any churches or monasteries” of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, Tanjug reported.
According to the APA news agency, quoted by local media here, the bishop, considered a hardliner in the Serbian Orthodox church and a staunch supporter of the Bosnian Serb leader, also said it was up to Karadzic to take the decision.
Radio B92 also broadcast parts of the bishop’s interview with BBC radio, including a reply to the question of what he would do if he met Karadzic: “I would maybe ask him what is more difficult: to hide here in some hole or simply to say let’s go to The Hague and finish this.”
OK firt Radovan Karadzic's wife wnts him to surrender, mainly because haveing hot and cold running raids is not pleasant at her stage of life, gotta admit I would not like it either! Now a high official from the Serbian Orthodox Church thinks it would be good if he surrendered. Given that there have always been rumors that Karadzic is hiding in monasteries and dressed as a monk, this is interesting.