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Local residents from Bosnia react to capture of Karadzic

By By EVAN WHITE

UTICA - Karadzic is accused of orchestrating mass killings, including the massacre of 8,000 Muslims, in Europe's worst slaughter since World War II.

It was during that time, in the early to mid 1990's that many Bosnians fled to the United States, some 10,000 in Utica.

Overnight, in Sarajevo, Bosnian Muslims could be seen cheering and chanting in the streets. Karadzic was indicted by the UN War Crimes Tribunal on Yugoslavia for genocide during the 1992-95 Bosnian War.

He's been hiding since 1998.

And here in Utica, there are mixed feelings about the capture of Karadzic.

Tuesday, Munira Osamanovic was looking through family photos - photos of her daughter, son and others. Missing from these are pictures of the husband and two sons who she says died during the mass killing of Muslim Bosnians in Srebrenica in 1995.

Munira wants to see Karadzic tried in the very community he's accused of helping destroy. Others say the punishment he could receive never be enough to fit the crimes.

"They are the mothers whose hearts were broken, whose heart will never heal...he did that to their children, their husbands their families, not somewhere else," said Osamanovic.

"It is probably better than the people of Bosnia should decide because it's the people that were hurt during the war," said Refija Smajlovic.

Following his arrest Monday, Karadzic has been ordered by a judge to be transferred from Belgrade to the Hague Netherlands to face genocide charges.

Karadzic has three days to appeal the extradition ruling. As for local Bosnians, they plan to closely follow the proceedings.

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