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28 Jul, 2008 18:05

Interview with Dragan Karadzic

Radovan Karadzic’s nephew, Dragan Karadzic, in an exclusive interview with RT, admitted he'd been in contact with his uncle for six years, and helped him financially. But, he says, the rest of the family did not know about it.

RT: How long were you in contact with your uncle?

Dragan Karazdzic: For six or seven years.

RT: How did you stay in touch?

D.K.: had a phone and sim-card which I bought in the kiosk and used only for contacting him. I knew his number and he knew mine. It was not my private telephone number, it was just a sim-card I picked up from the kiosk. I bought it only for the contact between us.

RT: You can receive a two-year jail sentence for helping your uncle, Radovan Karadzic. Why did you help him?

D.K.:  I don’t call it help. I call it my duty. I had his phone number. This was the way we connected to each other. But it wasn’t help, it was my duty. It’s the responsibility of family.

RT: How did you make sure you were not being followed?

D.K.: I knew that they were following me all the time, but I don’t think they were watching him because they didn’t know who he was.

RT: Do you ever think your uncle would be found?

D.K.: No. I thought they would never find him.

RT: Why?

D.K.: Because Radovan was very confident in his internal power and ability to hide. And he, by himself, made himself Dabic and thought about all the details of this role that he played all the time.

RT: How did They find Him?

D.K.: I think the special units of the CIA found him. President Boris Tadic gave them the green light to do it. And I know for sure that they held him for three days before they arrested him – from Friday to Monday. Even Radovan cannot explain where he was held for those three days. I think they were holding him until the CIA had finished negotiating with the Serbian government when to hand him over.
Did you see him In court?

D.K.: When I saw him yesterday, he looked better than us. He’s worried more about his family than about himself.

RT: Were you the only person In the family to have contacts with Radovan?

D.K.: Yes, I was the only person to have contact with him. Even his relatives – his wife and children who lived in Pale in Bosnia – didn’t know. There was big pressure from the authorities in Bosnia on them to give information on where he was hiding.

RT: Is the family coming from Sarajevo to visit him in Belgrade?

D.K.: The High Representative of the international community in Bosnia-Herzegovina will never allow them to come visit him. This is how the West’s democracy looks.

RT: Was your uncle in contact with Radko Mladic?

D.K.: No, no. Radovan wasn’t in contact with Mladic.

RT: Are you waiting for help or assistance from Russia?

D.K.: I really hope that our Orthodox brothers will help us somehow and I ask them to raise their voices against this unfair trial. This court is a big shame.

RT: How do you feel about Serbia today?

D.K.: I think most Serbs feel, after what’s happened, sad and humiliated.

RT: Do you think he will get a fair trial at the Hague Tribunal?

D.K.: No, never. If the Hague Tribunal listened to only ten percent of the truth about Radovan, he’d be a free man.