Failed attempt to arrest Plavsic?

Jun 2, 2000 -- (RFE/RL) "Vesti" reported from Banja Luka on 1 June that "several" unidentified, uniformed men tried the previous day to enter the apartment building where former Republika Srpska President Biljana Plavsic lives.

In front of the building stood a "jeep with dark windows and diplomatic license plates," the daily added.

Eyewitnesses told "Vesti" that they believe the men were foreign special troops sent to arrest Plavsic, presumably under a secret indictment from the Hague-based war crimes tribunal.

The daily reported that Plavsic and the Bosnian Serb police had apparently been warned of the attempt in advance because the number of police in her building had been increased that day to "at least 10" from the usual two.

Several hours after Bosnian Serb police prevented the uniformed men from entering the building, Plavsic left her flat "visibly angry and with a large police escort."

Bosnian Serb police made no official statement, but an unidentified police official told "Vesti" that "everything points to an attempt to arrest" her.

Speaking in Banja Luka on 31 May, an unidentified spokesman for NATO peacekeepers denied that there had been an incident involving SFOR and Plavsic, REFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported.

Observers note that there has long been speculation in Serbian and Bosnian Serb media as to whether Plavsic might have been secretly indicted by the tribunal for her role in the Bosnian Serb leadership early in the 1992-1995 war.

She broke with her former hard-line allies and began cooperating with the international community well before the conclusion of the Dayton agreement in 1995.

She subsequently appeared publicly with many Western leaders, including U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who praised Plavsic.

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