Man who is generally seen as:
World's Most Wanted Man
Architect of ethnic cleansing and atrocities which we only know from the books
and films about World War II.
Will he be brought to justice?
Born in Montenegro, in the village of Petnjica, district of Savnik, to Vuk and Jovanka
Karadzic. His father was in prison during his eay years, serving time for activities
during World War II. His father had been a member of the Chetniks, or Serb nationalist
guerrillas who fought against both Nazi occupiers and Tito's communist partisans. 1960
Karadzic moves from mountain to big ethnically-mixed city of Sarajevo to study medicine
and write a poetry.
Meets Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer and politician, who influences him to become
Suspected by friends of being an informer for the Communist government during its
crackdown on loyalty.
1971 - March 1977
Works at the Adult Education Center. During the 70s he earns extra income by selling
fraudulent medical diagnoses to those who want to avoid military service or retire early.
1977 - August 1983
Works at the psychiatric clinic in Kosevo hospital, in Sarajevo.
Becomes team psychiatrist for a soccer team in Sarajevo.
1980 - August 1983
Serves his medical residency. While serving his medical residency, he spends a year in
Zagreb, Croatia, where he's trained in psychotherapy at the Zagreb Center for Mental
Health. He also spends a year in the United States? (but nobody knows where and when!?).
According to some interviews he was there with his wife, Ljiljana, and his daughter Sonja,
and he took courses in psychotherapy and American poetry?
September 1983 - 1 November 1984
Works at the Health Center "Vozdovac" in Belgrade, Serbia.
Begins a construction of Karadzic's house in Pale. The house is connected to the
embezzlement and fraud allegations.
Becomes team psychiatrist for the "Red Star" soccer team in Belgrade.
November 1984 - 29 March 1985 - 9 April 1985 - 2 October 1985
Begins a trial at the Criminal Court in Sarajevo on suspicion of fraud. Karadzic was
involved in embezzlement of public property and fraud in collaboration with Momcilo
Krajisnik his friend, who at the time held a high position in a construction-business
company. Later, Momcilo Krajisnik was one of the closest Karadzic collaborators during the
war in Bosnia. He was parliamentary speaker in Republika Srpska during the war. Currently,
he is the president of the post-Dayton collective presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina?
Momcilo Krajisnik, is sentenced to 4 years in prison. Karadzic is sentenced for three
years in prison and fined for embezzlement and fraud. Never served his sentence?
1985 - February 1987
Works at the Health Center "Vozdovac" in Belgrade.
February - 22 March 1992
Works at the Kosevo Hospital in Sarajevo, at the psychiatric clinic "Nedjo Zec".
Gets involved in politics, working for a short time for the Green Party, then turns his
attention to the initiative for the Serbian Democratic Party (SDS). Party formed in
response to the rise of national and Croat parties in Bosnia. New party is given
directions from president Milosevic and takes up his mission to pursue a Greater Serbia.
Chosen president of the SDS and gets visibly richer.
Issues a threat to Bosnian Muslims in his speech in the Parliament of Bosnia.
Moves his family to party headquarters at Hotel Holiday Inn in Sarajevo.
Bosnian president Izetbegovic declares mobilization in response to attacks and purging of
civilians perpetrated by Serbian paramilitary groups in Eastern Bosnia, namely in Zvornik
and Bijeljina. Karadzic opposes this mobilization call.
Serb paramilitaries besiege and attack the Sarajevo police academy, commanding strategic
positions in Vraca, high above the city.
Thousands of Sarajevans of all nationalities take to streets to protest ethnic division
and conflict.Serb snipers shoot at people from their positions in Vraca hill.
Twenty-one-year-old medical student from Dubrovnik becomes the first casualty of Bosnian
Responding to European Community recognition of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Karadzic proclaims
the independent Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, later to be renamed Republika
Srpska. Karadzic announces that the Serbian Republic would come into existence that night
at midnight, with Sarajevo as its capital and himself as Head of State.
Srebrenica falls to Bosnian Serb Army,which is under direction of Karadzic and commander
Karadzic and his war commander, Ratko Mladic are indicted for genocide, crimes against
humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war. This indictment is related to
crimes committed in the "safe area" of Srebrenica.
Dayton Peace Accord signed by Serbian President Milosevic, Bosnian President Izetbegovic
and Croation President Tudjman. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke and
Secretary of State Warren Christopher were the negotiators.
Milosevic and Bosnian Serb leaders force Karadzic to resign as president of the SDS and
from public life under threat of sanctions from the West.
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