Luko, who worked as an operations officer at the Hague Tribunal office in Belgrade, told daily Blic that the Republic of Srpska (RS) police under the control of Biljane PlavÅ¡iÄ‡ cooperated intensively with international forces in 1997 to arrest KaradÅ¾iÄ‡.
However, Downing Street halted the arrest operation at the last moment, ordering its troops not to touch the former Bosnian Serb leader, he says.
On learning of KaradÅ¾iÄ‡â€™s movements, the former UN official informed the British commander, General Angus Ramsay, who was â€œexcitedâ€, stating that he wanted a â€œlow intensityâ€ arrest, of which he would inform London.
According to Luko, Ramsay returned ten minutes later after his call to London, and said coldly: â€œWeâ€™re not police, weâ€™re soldiers, so this isnâ€™t our job. Itâ€™s up to the RS police to arrest KaradÅ¾iÄ‡.â€
He claims that the general looked disappointed and frustrated, and that, judging by his behavior and comments, it was clear that he had received orders from Downing Street not to arrest KaradÅ¾iÄ‡, writes Blic.