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Suspected war criminal Ratko Mladic arrested

Friday, May 27, 2011 - 01:48

May 26 - Serbia says it has arrested Serbian wartime general Ratko Mladic, who has been on the run for years from international genocide charges, paving the way for Serbia to join the EU. Nick Rowlands reports.

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The President of Serbia announces that they have captured Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic. (SOUNDBITE)(Serbian/English) SERBIA PRESIDENT BORIS TADIC: "On behalf of the Republic of Serbia I announce that today we arrested Ratko Mladic. Extradition process is underway. This is the result of full co-operation of Serbia with the Hague tribunal." Commander of the Bosnian Serb forces in the 1992-95 Bosnia war, Mladic was indicted for genocide in 1995, and has been on the run for years. Although many Serbs see Mladic as a national hero, the European Union made his arrest a key condition for progress towards EU membership. (SOUNDBITE)(Serbian/English) SERBIA PRESIDENT BORIS TADIC: "Today we closed one chapter of our recent history that will bring us one step closer to full reconciliation in the region. I believe that every other country must be responsible for closing their own chapters." Mladic was arrested in Serbia, which had long said it couldn't find him, and his identity confirmed by a DNA test. His alleged war crimes included the Srebrenica massacre of at least 8,000 Muslim men, and the 43-month siege of Sarajevo. With the arrest of Slobodan Milosevic in 2001 and Radovan Karadzic in 2008, Mladic was the last remaining high-profile figure from the Bosnian War. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Suspected war criminal Ratko Mladic arrested

Friday, May 27, 2011 - 01:48