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The Rat has finally been trapped.
« on: May 26, 2011, 02:05:08 pm »
Ratko Mladic that is.  He's been on the run for over 15 years now after the Bosnian war.  Looks like his extradition to the U.N. to stand trial for war-crimes is under way.

BELGRADE, Serbia Serbian authorites arrested Gen. Ratko Mladic, Europe's most wanted war crimes fugitive, the country's president said Thursday.

Mladic has been on the run since 1995 when the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, indicted him for genocide in the slaughter of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica and other crimes committed by his troops during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

"On behalf of the Republic of Serbia we announce that Ratko Mladic has been arrested," President Boris Tadic told reporters. He said the arrest was made by the Serbian Security Intelligence Agency.

Mladic will be extradited from Serbia to the U.N. war crimes tribunal, he said. He did not specify when, but said "an extradition process is under way."

"We ended a difficult period of our history and removed the stain from the face of the members of our nation wherever they live," he said.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton welcomed the arrest and said he should be sent to the war crimes tribunal without delay.

"This is an important step forward for Serbia and for international justice,'' Ashton said in a statement on Thursday.
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"We expect Ratko Mladic to be transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia without delay. Full cooperation with the ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia) remains essential on Serbia's path towards EU membership,'' she added.

Serbia has been under intense pressure to make the arrest, with the chief U.N. war crimes prosecutor, Serge Brammertz, complaining earlier this month that authorities were not doing enough to capture him and other war crimes fugitives.

Brammertz was scheduled to report next month to the U.N. Security Council about the Balkan country's efforts.

Brammertz's regular reports on Serbia's compliance are crucial for the Balkan country's efforts to become an European Union member candidate. The EU has conditioned Serbia's membership bid on the arrest.

Prosecutors have said they believed he was hiding in Serbia under the protection of hardliners who consider him a hero. Mladic was last seen in Belgrade in 2006.

Croatian media, which first broke the story, said police there got confirmation from their Serbian colleagues that DNA analysis confirmed Mladic's identity. Belgrade's B92 radio said Mladic was arrested Thursday in a village close to the northern Serbian town of Zrenjanin.

In Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen hailed the arrest, saying Thursday that almost 16 years since Mladic's indictment for genocide "his arrest finally offers a chance for justice to be done."

Tens of thousands of NATO troops were deployed to Bosnia in 1995 to safeguard a U.S.-sponsored peace agreement between that nations' warring factions. They have since been withdrawn abd replaced by a much smaller European Union force.
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Re: The Rat has finally been trapped.
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2011, 05:26:59 pm »
He was living in north Serbia openly, under his own name.  It's nice, having our own little mini-Pakistan, right in the heart of Europe.

Hey, now we've sorted out the Serbian war criminals, maybe we can make a start on the Croatian and Bosnian ones?  Maybe?  No?