Chief war crimes prosecutor made secret visit to Sarajevo

SARAJEVO, Apr 4, 2000 -- (AFP) The head of the UN war crimes court for the former Yugoslavia, Carla Del Ponte, made a secret visit to Sarajevo prior to the arrest Monday of a top Bosnian Serb, a UN spokesman told AFP Monday.

"I can not confirm nor deny" if Del Ponte's lightning visit last Friday was linked to the arrest early Monday of Momcilo Krajisnik, the highest-ranking suspect yet seized for wartime atrocities in Bosnia, spokesman Douglas Coffman said.

Del Ponte "spent a couple of hours in Sarajevo, Friday, and she met with representatives of the international community," he said.

Krajisnik, a close ally of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, was arrested in a pre-dawn swoop on a house in Pale by French troops of the multinational SFOR

He had been under secret indictment by The Hague-based ICTY on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Karadzic and his wartime military commander General Ratko Mladic, both indicted for war crimes by the ICTY, are still at large.

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