Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mladic, Milosevic chose you, not me. So who's to blame?

Ratko Mladic refused on Friday to receive the indictment of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). "You have chosen to Milosevic, not me." So who's to blame? "Said former Bosnian Serb military leader before the Court of Belgrade, according to a spokesman for the Supreme Court of Serbia.

Former Yugoslav President Milosevic Sloba, who died in 2003 in a cell in the ICTY in The Hague, had a role in the design of the wars that took place in the 90's with the aim to create a "Greater Serbia." Mladic then made a meteoric career in the Yugoslav People's Army, dominated by Serbs, and later became Bosnian Serb military commander during the civil war from 1992 to 1995.

During that period he became a war criminal. After his arrest last Thursday, Mladic to be tried for the slaughter of Srebrenica, which killed about 8,000 Muslims and the brutal siege of Sarajevo, which lasted 43 months. Serbia Justice confirmed Friday that the conditions for the former soldier extradited to The Hague.

According to a spokeswoman for the Belgrade court that deals with the case, the charges against Mladic are the responsibility of The Hague. With this decision, has begun extradition proceedings that could last a week. Meanwhile, the war criminal will remain on the premises of the Court of Belgrade.

The former military commander indicted for genocide and other crimes during the conflict in Bosnia (1992-1995) - was arrested Thursday by police in the village of Lazarevo, where he lived at the home of a relative. His arrest paves the way for Belgrade to enter the European Union, despite the Netherlands-whose "peacekeepers failed to prevent the slaughter of Srebrenica, tries to stop the process of accession.

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