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Timeline: Hunting Radovan Karadzic
Nato forces have repeatedly failed to find Bosnian Serb fugitive Radovan Karadzic, despite intensifying their search before handing over to a European Union force by the end of this year.

The Nato-led stabilisation force S-For has missed several opportunities to capture Mr Karadzic, who has been wanted since 1996 on charges of genocide for his role in the 1992-95 war in the former Yugoslavia.


Radovan Karadzic
Mr Karadzic has been on the run since 1996

25 June 2004: Nato troops search the Panorama Hotel in Pale, which was used by Mr Karadzic and his colleagues as a base during the Bosnian war from 1992 to 1995. Mr Karadzic's Serb Democratic Party premises are also searched by the S-For troops and a computer and boxes of documents are seized.

1 April 2004: Nato troops surround a church and a priest's house in Pale, Mr Karadzic's old stronghold. A priest and his son are injured.

14 March 2004: Bosnian Serb police conduct a large-scale search in the area of Bratunac, near the border with Serbia, after they received information that Mr Karadzic is planning to cross the border.

19 February 2004: Nato troops search a radio station in Pale run by Mr Karadzic's daughter.

13 January 2004: Nato-led troops raid a house in Pale.

11 January 2004: Nato-led troops raid Mr Karadzic's house in Pale. His wife, Ljiljana, is present during the search. She says she has not seen her husband for four years, and later announces that she is suing Nato for the alleged $15,000 of damage caused during the operation.

3 September 2003: Bosnian Serb police search the home of an Orthodox bishop in the north-eastern town of Bijeljina after a tip-off. It is their first independent attempt to try to capture Mr Karadzic.

26 August 2003: Nato-led peacekeepers start a two-day operation in Pale, searching for information in various sites associated with Mr Karadzic and his family.

Map of Bosnia-Hercegovina
Nato forces have searched for Mr Karadzic throughout the country

14 August 2002: Hundreds of Nato-led troops launch a 36-hour operation in south-east Bosnia, where Mr Karadzic is believed to have spent time hiding. S-For say the focus of the operation is to gather information. A number of weapons are retrieved and several people are questioned.

2 July 2002: Nato-led peacekeeping troops raid Mr Karadzic's family home in Pale. An S-For spokesman says it seized evidence to suggest Mr Karadzic is financed by activities in Bosnia's criminal underworld.

28 February 2002: In a three-day operation, S-For troops seal off the area around Celibici, near Foca, in an effort to seize Mr Karadzic. German and British newspapers carry reports that a French officer gave Mr Karadzic a tip-off about the plan, but France's ambassador to Nato strongly denies the claims.

3 September 2000: Mr Karadzic is spotted in a bar in a Serb suburb of Sarajevo.

19 July 1996: Mr Karadzic announces his retirement from politics and later disappears from public view.

11 July 1996: The United Nation's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague issues an international arrest warrant for Mr Karadzic.

24 July 1995 and 16 November 1995: The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia issues indictments against Mr Karadzic on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.


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