Hiding Was 'Easy,' Boasts Karadzic

War crimes suspect refusing to eat
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2008 2:51 AM CDT
A protester holds a picture of a war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic, during a rally condemning his arrest in downtown Belgrade.    (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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(Newser) – Captured Serbian war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic has been refusing to eat in his Belgrade cell since his arrest more than a week ago—but has been boasting about life on the lam. Karadzic claims he had planned to turn himself in next year, reports the Guardian. Karadzic was nabbed on his way to a spa outside Belgrade. He was carrying swimming trunks, a laptop computer, two mobile phones and small Orthodox Christian icons.

He reportedly hid out in Vienna during some of his years on the run, working as a "miracle healer" for Serbians living there. Hiding "was not difficult for me except for the fact that I was separated from my family," Karadzic told his lawyer. "I attended conferences and stood before cameras since I was convinced I would never be found. Nobody I was in contact with knew I was Radovan Karadzic."