At Long Last, One of the World's Most Wanted Fugitives Is Captured

Radovan Karadzic, indicted on genocide charges in the Bosnian civil war, is in custody.

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He's been on the run for more than a decade, but former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, perhaps the world's most wanted indicted war criminal, is now in custody, according to wire reports.

Karadzic was reportedly nabbed by Serbian security forces, which U.S. officials for years had accused of helping to harbor him. His continued fugitive status had been a major sticking point in relations between Washington and Belgrade.

U.S. officials had been pursuing Karadzic without success for many years, conducting elaborate operations to track him down.

Karadzic was indicted on genocide charges for his role in orchestrating the bloody Bosnian civil war in the 1990s. He was the leader of the ethnic Serbs during the conflict that erupted after Bosnia seceded from the former Yugoslavia.

He stands accused of masterminding the ethnic cleansing (which included murder, imprisonment, or expulsion) of more than 1 million Muslims between 1992 and 1994. But as U.S. News has written, the legal case will still be difficult to prove.

Karadzic's capture leaves another high-profile fugitive on the runā€”Ratko Mladic, former top Bosnian Serb general.