Could It Be?
The Vatican is helping Croatia's most wanted war crimes suspect evade capture, a top UN prosecutor alleges.The Holy See is said to be prepping a statement.
Carla del Ponte, chief prosecutor for war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, has said she believes Gen Ante Gotovina is hiding in a monastery in Croatia.
Ms del Ponte's spokeswoman told the BBC News website that the Vatican had refused to help in the search for him, despite being in a position to do so....
Forces under Gen Gotovina's command are accused of killing scores of Serbs and expelling up to 200,000 from the Krajina region, now part of Croatia.
Many in Croatia regard him as a national hero....
Ms del Ponte earlier told British newspaper The Daily Telegraph she believed Gen Gotovina was "hiding in a Franciscan monastery and so the Catholic Church is protecting him".
"I have taken this up with the Vatican and the Vatican totally refuses to co-operate with us," she said.
She is quoted as saying the Vatican's Foreign Minister, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, told her it did not know of Gen Gotovina's whereabouts and was not obliged to help her.
The BBC News website contacted Archbishop Lajolo's private secretary, who refused to comment.