Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mladic's neighbors deplore the arrest of a "defender of Serbs"

Sarajevo .- The villagers Bosnian Bozanovici, where Ratko Mladic was born in 1943, expressed their dismay over the arrest today of suspected war criminal. "I never expected it to be stopped. Their only crime was defending the Serbian people," he told Bosnian media Dusko, a retired military officer and close relative of Mladic.

"We heard the first news at noon. We were impressed," he told reporters several residents of this village, located some 70 kilometers east of Sarajevo. Local media reported that a group of parishioners went with disapproval about a radio press conference in which Serbian President Boris Tadic announced the arrest of Mladic.

The former military commander of the Bosnian Serbs lived in Bozanovici to finish primary school before moving to Sarajevo, where he worked as a steelworker, and then to Belgrade, where he graduated from military academy. Mladic is charged with 15 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Bosnian war (1992-1995), including genocide for the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica.

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