Monday, October 17, 2005

Karadzic defies Nato, publishes new book

New Karadzic poetry book launched

A new book of poetry by the former Bosnian Serb leader and fugitive war crimes suspect, Radovan Karadzic, has been launched in Serbia.
Mr Karadzic's publisher told AP news agency the poems had been completed in the past few months, but refused to say how they came into his possession.

They describe mountains, thick green forests, rivers and wild animals.

Mr Karadzic is accused of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for the persecution of non-Serbs in Bosnia.

He has been on the run for eight years, and is thought to be hiding in a mountainous area near the Bosnian-Serbian border, after evading several attempts by Nato-led peacekeepers to catch him.

The new book, "Under the Left Breast of the Century", was launched in Pozarevac, the home town of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, who is currently standing trial for war crimes in The Hague.

Mr Karadzic was a poet and writer before becoming leader of the Bosnian Serbs in the early 1990s.

While in hiding, he wrote at least two other books, including a volume of poetry for children called "There Are Miracles, There Are No Miracles" and a novel, "Miraculous Chronicles of the Night".

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