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ELEANOR HALL: War crimes suspect, Radovan Karadzic is awaiting extradition to The Hague but there's
still plenty of intrigue about how the former Bosnian Serb leader was captured.

There are conflicting reports about when authorities took him into custody and how long they'd
known about his secret life in Belgrade.

And now British newspapers are reporting a new twist on his arrest. They say it was the result of a
tip-off by his former military commander, and now the most wanted man in the Balkans, Ratko Mladic.

Simon Santow has our report.

SIMON SANTOW: With Radovan Karadzic now beardless and shorn of his flowing locks, attention is
turning to just how authorities uncovered his secret life in Belgrade.

German intelligence sources have reportedly unlocked the mystery of who informed on the one time
Bosnian Serb leader.

They've told journalists it was none other than Ratko Mladic, the Serb General co-accused with
Karadzic of committing war crimes and genocide in Bosnia Herzegovina in the 1990s.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the information is that Mladic is still on the run.

Political analyst, Bratislav Grubacic:

BRATISLAV GRUBACIC: I do think that we are facing now a lot of rumours which are circling around
local journalists, diplomatic and political community simply because the problem is that since Mr
Karadzic was arrested, our officials didn't give us complete information on how it really happened.

We really do not know who arrested him, how it happened, who denounced him, how police or security
forces got to know where he was.

I do think that this speculation on Mladic betraying Karadzic is absolutely not true because of the
sheer fact that Mladic doesn't have any interest to do it and it is hard to believe that Mladic can
count that he will be safe if he denounce Karadzic.

SIMON SANTOW: Aleksander Pavkovic lectures in politics at Sydney's Macquarie University.

He says it sounds like a tactic by Serbian authorities to flush Mladic out of hiding.

ALEKSANDER PAVKOVIC: I think that this is news put out a variety sort of official sources in order
to provoke Mladic into defending himself and therefore revealing his whereabouts.

It is very unlikely that he would have any reason to betray Karadzic at this stage. They were
working together and they had their differences during the war, in fact they had a fall-out as
well, but it's unlikely that he would have any particular reason and any benefit from dobbing him
in at the moment.

SIMON SANTOW: Why do you say that?

ALEKSANDER PAVKOVIC: Because he can't gain anything from this kind of action. The speculation is
that he has been negotiating about the conditions for his ... giving himself over. He allegedly was
trying to prevent his extradition to The Hague tribunal.

He probably knows that he can't - if he is arrested and found out - he won't be able to stop any
extradition proceedings, that he would be the greatest prize after Karadzic and therefore would be
delivered to The Hague.

SIMON SANTOW: Bratislav Grubacic thinks General Mladic is a long way from being brought to justice.

BRATISLAV GRUBACIC: I do think that in that respect, Mr Mladic is really in a proper hiding
together with his wife, and I think it would be much more complicated to get hold of him or to get
to know where is he.

On the other hand, I think Mr Mladic is logistically supported by certain circles, probably retired
military intelligence people.

So far all the attempts to locate Mr Mladic failed, so I do think that it's not really quite clear
and I'm not sure that many people know where Mladic is. It is possible, it's not excluded, maybe he
live 100 metres away from Mr Karadzic.

ELEANOR HALL: That is political analyst, Bratislav Grubacic, ending that report from Simon Santow.