Radovan Karadzic arrest 'like capturing Osama bin Laden'

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Political leaders in Europe and the US have congratulated the Serbian government on managing to detain Karadzic after 13 years on the run.

Richard Holbrooke, the US diplomat who brokered the Dayton Peace Agreement for Bosnia in 1995, described his arrest as "a historic day".

He said: "One of the worst men in the world, the Osama bin Laden of Europe, has finally been captured.

"A major, major thug has been removed from the public scene."

David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, described his capture as "good news", saying it would "pave the way for a brighter, European future for Serbia and the region".

Karadzic was arrested late on Monday night in Belgrade by the Serbian security services, the office of Serb president Boris Tadic said.

The 63-year-old former war leader is accused of orchestrating the worst acts of brutality Europe has seen since the Nazi campaigns of the Second World War.

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