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AP: Karadzic’s Wife Urges His Surrender

July 28, 2005

PALE, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) _ The wife of fugitive Radovan Karadzic appealed Thursday to her husband to surrender to the U.N. war crimes tribunal ``for the sake of your family.″

Ljiljana Karadzic, who has always backed her husband during his flight from justice in the last 10 years, struggled to hold back tears during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at her home and said her decision had not been an easy one.

``Our family is under constant pressure from all over. Our life and our existence is jeopardized,″ she said in apparent reference to raids by NATO troops on her home and those of her son and daughter in recent months.

In early July, troops detained the couple’s son, Aleksandar, and questioned him for 10 days before releasing him. The family has always claimed it has had no contact with Karadzic and should be left alone.

In 1995, a U.N. war crimes tribunal indicted the wartime Bosnian Serb leader for genocide and other war crimes during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, including the massacre of as many as 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the eastern Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica.

He remains one of the tribunal’s most-wanted fugitives, sought by NATO and EU peacekeepers. It is believed that his Bosnian Serb supporters have helped him elude capture despite a U.S.-sponsored $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest.

``In hope that you are alive and that you can make decisions by yourself, I’m begging you to make this decision,″ she said. ``I’m now doing the only thing I can _ I’m begging you,″ she said.

``Between loyalty to you and to the children and grandchildren, I had to choose and I have chosen. ... It will be your sacrifice for us, for the sake of your family,″ she said.

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