Bosnian Serb police seize passports of Karadzic family

( dpa ) - Bosnian Serb police on Thursday seized passports and travel documents belonging to the family of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, indicted by the UN war crimes court.

The action was carried out in the village of Pale on the orders of the international administrator in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovak diplomat Miroslav Lajcak.

Lajcak, according to a statement from his office, ordered that travel documents in the possession of Radovan's wife Ljiljana Zelen-Karadzic, son Aleksandar, daughter Sonja Karadzic-Jovicevic, and son-in-law Branislav Jovicevic be seized.

The order was issued at the request of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) based in The Hague and in close cooperation with relevant local law enforcement agencies.

"These four persons are in one way or another the subject of orders by the Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina, a decision by the country's government, international financial and travel sanctions, and ongoing criminal investigations for their role in the support network of Radovan Karadzic," read the statement.

"The international community has made it clear that it expects the authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina to cooperate fully with the ICTY, playing a proactive role in apprehending all remaining indictees and dismantling their support networks. My decision complements measures undertaken by the local authorities and by other international actors," Lajcak said in the statement.

More than 12 years ago the ICTY indicted Karadzic for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and severe breaches of the Geneva Conventions during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

His whereabouts remain unknown.

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