Karadzic paranoid about safety

SARAJEVO, Jul 31, 2000 -- (AFP) Bosnia's most wanted war crimes suspect, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, is suffering psychological difficulties and is paranoid about his own safety, a Sarajevo daily reported Saturday.

Quoting western diplomatic sources in Sarajevo, the daily Vecernje Novine described Karadzic as having less and less trust in his associates, and being completely obsessed by his own safety.

The former Bosnian Serb leader, indicted for war crimes by the UN court in the The Hague, also experiences sudden mood swings, the paper added.

Karadzic likewise suffers from insomnia and what little sleep he snatches is haunted by nightmares as he relives war-time experiences, the daily said.

His closest associates were advising him to undergo plastic surgery to change his face, according to the daily, which proposes to its readers seven sketches of Karadzic with different features.

Vecernje Novine also reported that Karadzic was recently in contact with his former army commander, general Ratko Mladic who is also indicted by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and remains at large too.

Karadzic was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for crimes his forces committed against non-Serbs during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia.

Earlier this week another Sarajevo daily reported that Karadzic was hiding out in the mountains on the border between Bosnia and Montenegro.

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