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Karadzic’s Son Detained in Pale

August 14, 1998

PALE, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) _ Bosnian Serb police briefly detained the son of war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic along with about 30 others in connection with the killing of a police chief, police sources in Pale said Friday.

Sasa Karadzic reportedly was questioned Wednesday, days after Pale police chief Srdjan Knezevic was gunned down in the Serb mountain stronghold.

Radovan Karadzic, who led the Bosnian Serbs in the Bosnian war, has been indicted twice by the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. He is in hiding, avoiding arrest by NATO-led peace troops.

Knezevic, who used to command a paramilitary unit, once supported the elder Karadzic but recently had turned against him. Political opponents of Radovan Karadzic have accused his closest aide of orchestrating Knezevic’s death. Radovan Karadzic is believed to be hiding in Bosnia, avoiding arrest by NATO-led peace troops.