Don't let them take me alive, says Mladic

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The former Bosnian Serb army chief and his few remaining companions are alleged to travel in a dilapidated Yugo, the old-fashioned Serb-made car. He is said to be very ill and has instructed those close to him that he is not to be taken alive.

Mladic is wanted by the UN war crimes tribunal for genocide during the 1992-95 war. Those close to the former general have said he would not surrender to the international court.

Serbian police carried out simultaneous searches in different suburbs of Belgrade, hoping to finally capture the man whose refusal to surrender has derailed Serbia's effort to join the European Union. They also searched Mladic's house in Banovo Brdo neighbourhood and Impkat, the company that his son Darko owns. Reporters were not allowed near Mladic's home.

The previous night police helicopters circled Novi Beograd, the neighbourhood of high-rise blocks of flats where many retired militants live who are sympathetic towards Mladic. This falls in line with reports in Belgrade that Mladic is changing flats there every night, with the help of only a couple of loyalists.

Mladic is wanted by the court at The Hague for masterminding the massacre of more than 7,500 Muslim boys and men after his militias overran the UN protected enclave of Srebrenica in 1995.