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Friday, 29 June, 2001, 17:17 GMT 18:17 UK
Viewpoint: Milosevic handover hailed
Milosevic
Relief greeted the news of Milosevic's extradition
Srdjan Simonovic, an English teacher at Belgrade University, and Amna Dumpor from Mostar, in Bosnia-Hercegovina - who lost 16 members of her family in the Bosnian war - told BBC Radio 5 Live how they felt when they heard the news of Slobodan Milosevic's extradition.

Srdjan Simonovic: I am very pleasantly surprised. I couldn't wait for this event and I think it really marks the end of an era.

My girlfriend and the members of my family share my feelings absolutely.

Everyone expected that it would happen at some point but we were surprised that it actually happened so fast.


I must say that this is a great relief in the sense that I believe that we are now secure in the sense that I think that the chance of his coming to power again - ever - is ruled out by his extradition

I think that some of the people were still against his extradition for various reasons. But it is obvious that the majority of the people turned against him even last year on 5 October when his regime was overthrown - so this was only to be expected as the final outcome.

A lot of people (have learned more about his alleged crimes) especially, maybe, in the last month or so, since the bodies that were in the refrigerated truck have been found. And the Hague tribunal representatives are here now - they are much more present in the media - so I think that also had an impact on public opinion.

I must say that this is a great relief in the sense that I believe that we are now secure in the sense that I think that the chance of his coming to power again - ever - is ruled out by his extradition.

Amna Dumpor: The news is still fresh. Feelings are very mixed. They don't only involve my emotions and passions through everything that happened, they also involve politics, economics, psychological matters - there are so many issues around what happen over the past decade and what happened yesterday.

Mostar street scene during the war
Amna Dumpor lost all her family in Mostar in the war
For me there are quite a few paradoxes in this situation. One of them is this inability of people to stop Milosevic when it was obvious what he was doing or rather what he was up to. It is very clear, you don't have to be smart to conclude he was behind all these atrocities.

I can never forget May 1992 when I was in the shelter of my home town of Mostar... when I heard on the radio, a Yugoslav Army general telling the people of Mostar that he was going to shoot the hospital at 4pm. I just can't believe that a human person can be capable of such a thing.


We lost all our opportunities, my dreams - he shattered everything

Two-hundred-and-fifty thousand people were killed in the war in Bosnia, not to mention what happened in Croatia, and they are also talking about three million displaced people.

He is the reason that we lost much more than our home town. We lost all our opportunities, my dreams - he shattered everything.

I am just speaking from my heart. It is not just to accuse him of the facts - it is just to look at the things in a more emotional and human way.

We are talking about human issues here. People should vote - there should be global voting, if necessary, so he could be put away. Even by association he is guilty as charged for everything that happened from 1991 in the Balkans.

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