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Serbian Authorities Detain Former Member of Mladic Security Detail


Serbian authorities have detained a former Bosnian Serb military officer suspected of assisting fugitive war crimes suspect General Ratko Mladic avoid arrest.

Police picked up Sasa Badnjar, a former member of Mladic's security detail, in Belgrade Monday and ordered him held for a month. The defense minister of Serbia and Montenegro, Zoran Stankovic, says Badnjar is among 50 people listed in an intelligence report as suspected of helping Mladic avoid arrest.

The report was presented to Serbian officials earlier this month in efforts to show that authorities are trying to locate Mladic and have not been sheltering him since 2002.

Meanwhile, NATO forces in neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina searched the home of Milisav Kljestan in Vlasenica, northeast of Sarajevo as they probed activities of Mladic supporters

The Hague war crimes tribunal indicted Mladic, the top Bosnian Serb military commander, for his role in attacks on civilians in Bosnia.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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