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The public life of Karadzic

Latest update : 2008-07-26

Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic led an open life under the identity of “Dr. Dragan David Dabic”, travelling often as an expert in alternative medicines and contributor to the alternative publication “The Healthy Life”.

Radovan Karadzic was not one for privacy. “Doctor Dragan David Dabic”, an expert in alternative medicines, regularly gave conferences and published articles on the therapeutic virtue of bioenergy in the alternative publication “The Healthy Life”.

As a private expert he also opened an online shop, “psychiatrist-help-energy.com”, offering talismanic metals concentrated in “human quantum energy”, to help the fight against impotence, sterility and infantile asthma, and improve the results of top-flight sportspeople.


Milan Minic taught alternative medicine to Dabic-Karadzic: “One day he came to see my wife with a bouquet of flowers and asked to be introduced to the master. I’ve never had such a curious pupil, and so I called him David (Da Vid: “to see” in Serbian). Minic even allowed Dabic-Karadzic to share part of his house with him.

The ex-political leader of Bosnian Serbs rented, for 350 euros, a modest two-room apartment in New Belgrade, a concrete jungle. “He was a pleasant man, who always said hello”, said a neighbour to the insatiable press pack. He liked to go to a nearby café, Luda Kuca (The Mad House), a meeting place for amateur guzla players, a traditional type of violin accompanied by epic poetry about legendary Serbian heroes.

In the café, Raso Vucinic a young man arrested by the police force during the first demonstration in support of Karadzic, played a ode to the glory of the former strong man of Bosnian Serbs. "One day a funny looking man with a large white beard and long hair appeared. He obviously really liked the guzla. That evening there was a "guzlar" who sang an ode to Karadzic, without knowing that the very same man sat beside him. Karadzic then took the guzla and continued to play… "
 
In 1998, he obtained a false identity card, and probably a passport, since Austrian nationals claim to have been looked after by him in Vienna. In any case Karadzic was frequently on the move, in particular utilising monasteries.

According to his lawyer, Karadzic was detained last Friday evening. Witnesses to the arrest say Karadzic was stopped on a bus on its way to Batajnica, a popular holiday location. The police force say that he was carrying a bag containing two weeks of holiday clothing, a computer, two mobile phones, 600 euros and a bathing suit.
 

Date created : 2008-07-26

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