Serbian military forces intelligence to issue report on top war crimes fugitive Mladic

Serbia's army intelligence service will issue its report on the movements of top war crimes fugitive Gen. Ratko Mladic and name those who it believes are helping him hide, the military said Tuesday. The military said the long-anticipated report will be presented Wednesday to the Supreme Defense Council, which comprises the Balkan country's senior government and military officials.

Serbia is under intense international pressure to find and extradite Mladic and former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic, both sought for more than a decade by the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.

The court indicted Mladic and Karadzic on genocide charges in connection with the 1995 massacre of about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica the worst carnage in Europe since World War II and for a three-year armed siege of Bosnia's capital, Sarajevo, during the 1992-1995 war. U.N. prosecutors insist that Mladic is hiding here under protection from the hard-liners in the Serb military while Karadzic is moving between Serbia, Montenegro and eastern Bosnia.

The conservative Serbian government so far has maintained it was unable to locate either Mladic or Karadzic.

Some Serbian officials recently have warned that anyone aiding the fugitives would be held accountable and last week arrested a former Bosnian Serb security official suspected of aiding Mladic in evading justice.

EU officials have warned Belgrade that ongoing talks on establishing closer ties with the bloc may be suspended if Mladic remains at large.

The military intelligence report is expected to focus on the movements of Mladic since he went into hiding in 2002, and name active army officers believed to be sheltering him.

However, independent Belgrade media citing unidentified officials who said they have already seen the report said Tuesday that it is "includes outdated" information, reports the AP.

D.M.

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