Woman denies being mistress of Karadzic

July 28th, 2008 - 10:32 pm ICT by IANS  

London, July 28 (IANS) A woman who was said to be very close to former Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic has denied being his mistress. Mila Cicak, 53, reported by Serbian media as the lover of the war crime suspect, who was arrested last week after being on the run for over 12 years, said her whole world collapsed when she came to know the true identity of the man she had befriended, the online edition of Sky News reported Monday from Belgrade.

Expressing her disgust over the media speculations about her relationship with Karadzic, Cicak said: “I am also now a prisoner. There are no bars on my windows but I am besieged by the media.”

She strongly denied that there was any romantic involvement between them and added that she knew the man as “Dr Dragan David Dabic”, who introduced her to the world of alternative medicine.

Karadzic, one of the top two Balkan war crimes suspects, was arrested from Belgrade last Monday after more than a decade on the run, according to the report.

For his alleged role in leading the ethnic cleansing of non-Serbs during Bosnia’s 1992-95 civil war, the UN War Crimes Tribunal for former Yugoslavia has indicted Karadzic on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and breach of the Geneva Convention rules of war.

Cicak, a former nurse, only knew Karadzic for the past seven months. Together they treated a four-year-old boy with autism.

According to Serbian media reports, Cicak has been planning to file libel charges against some media organisations that have made her life a “hell” since the arrest of war crime fugitive Karadzic.

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