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Wednesday July 23, 2008
Accused war criminal Radovan Karadzic eluded authorities for 13 years by hiding in plain site -- he grew a beard, worked in an alternative medicine clinic, and even gave lectures and had his own website.

Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb president during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, was arrested Monday in a Belgrade suburb.

Photographs apparently taken in the past few years show him with long white hair with a black streak in the middle, a flowing white beard and large glasses.

Using the alias Dragan Dabic, Karadzic managed to live what seems to have been a relatively normal life while rumours circulated that he was hiding out in mountain caves and monasteries in remote eastern Bosnia.

The editor of Belgrade's "Healthy Life" magazine, Goran Kojic, said Karadzic -- using his false name -- was even a regular contributor to the publication.

"It never even occurred to me that this man with a long white beard and hair was Karadzic," Kojic told The Associated Press. More...

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