July 21, 2008 / 10:48 PM / 10 years ago

Sarajevo celebrates arrest of Radovan Karadzic

SARAJEVO, July 22 (Reuters) - People gathered on the streets of Sarajevo in the night to celebrate the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, the man charged with genocide over the deaths of some 11,000 of their fellow citizens in a 43-month siege.

"This is the best thing that could ever happen, you see people celebrating everywhere," said Sarajevo resident Fadil Bico. "I called and woke up my whole family".

Cars streamed through the streets tooting their horns, while Bosnian state radio was playing excerpts of Karadzic’s speeches during the 1992-95 war, when he led the superior firepower of Bosnian Serbs, backed by Belgrade, against Bosnian Muslims and Croats.

He is also charged with genocide over the massacre of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. He was arrested in Serbia on Monday after some 11 years underground. (Editing by Ralphh Boulton)




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