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Bosnian War Crimes Suspect to Answer Charges - 2004-10-11

Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ljubisa Beara is scheduled to answer charges Tuesday at the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague.

The former fugitive was taken into custody by Serb authorities late Saturday and extradited to the court almost immediately. The tribunal has indicted Mr. Beara in matters relating to the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. He was chief of security for the Bosnian Serb army at the time.

Mr. Beara also is charged with aiding another indicted war crimes suspect at Srebrenica, former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic, who remains at large.

Belgrade radio station B-92 reports Mr. Beara was captured using information given to Serb Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica by chief Hague prosecutor Carla Del Ponte.

Ms. Del Ponte in the past has accused Serb authorities of failing to diligently pursue war crimes suspects.