Vol. 5 Num 418 Sat. July 30, 2005  

Karadzic's wife calls for him to surrender

The wife of the fugitive Bosnian Serb wartime political leader Radovan Karadzic appealed Thursday for her husband to surrender to a UN war crimes tribunal to stand trial on genocide charges. "It is painful and difficult to ask you this, but nevertheless with all my heart and soul I beg you to surrender to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia," Ljiljana Karadzic said on Bosnian Serb television.

Her first such appeal for her husband to surrender during the decade he has been on the run from the UN war crimes tribunal coincided with increasing Western pressure on Serbia, Bosnian Serbs and the Karadzic family.

"It will be a sacrifice for us and our family... I ask you to take this decision and do it for us," she said, dressed all in black, through tears, holding her hands as if in prayer.

"In all my despair and powerlessness, it is the only thing I can do," she said.