Escaped Stankovic recaptured in Bosnia

FOCA, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Bosnian police have captured Radovan Stankovic, a former member of Serbian paramilitary forces who escaped from prison about five years ago, authorities said.

Stankovic was convicted in 2006 for crimes against humanity during Bosnia's 1992-95 war, including the rape, sexual assault and enslavement of young girls. He escaped from prison in 2007, CNN reported Sunday.


He was captured in Foca, less than a mile from the prison from which he escaped, Serbian media reported.

Police were tipped off to Stankovic's presence in a Foca apartment after reports of the sounds of things breaking.

Witnesses told police Stankovic was under the influence of alcohol.

"Today's apprehension of Stankovic is significant for the victims of the grave crimes he has been convicted for," the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia said in a statement Saturday.

"I hope that this arrest reflects an increased commitment of the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina to support the process of bringing to justice those responsible for the grave crimes committed on their territory in the early 1990s."

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