Friday, May 27, 2011

Serbia confirms arrest of war criminal Ratko Mladic

Belgrade (Writing / AP) .- The Serb former general Ratko Mladic, alleged war criminal most wanted war in the former Yugoslavia, was arrested by Serbian police in Belgrade confirmed the president of Serbia, Boris Tadic. Mladic was arrested under a false name of "Milorad Komadic" in a village near the town of Zrenjanin in northern Serbia.

"Today we have closed a difficult chapter in our recent history," said the Serbian president told reporters . Serbian secret services have also confirmed the arrest of Ratko Mladic, the former Serbian general fugitive from justice on charges of genocide and war crimes against civilians in the war in the former Yugoslavia in the early nineties, according to local Serbs.

Local media reported that Mladic was captured in Lazarevo village near the northern town of Zrenjanin, reportedly staying with relatives of the accused. Early reports indicate that no resistance to his arrest and that his physical appearance, though aged, has not changed substantially. The arrest of Ratko Mladic paves the way for Serbian authorities to achieve their intention to join the European Union, which had imposed the condition for opening negotiations.

Serbia must arrest Mladic, wanted by the UN Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for genocide during the Bosnian War (1992-1995) - if you want to join the European Union. The so-called 'butcher of Srebrenica' fugitive from justice has a total of 15 years accused of genocide in connection with the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men of Srebrenica, the siege of 48 months to Sarajevo and other crimes of the Bosnian War.

The extradition process can take several days to process the extradition of Ratko Mladic to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), can last for several days, according to mechanisms that provide the Serbian laws. The special prosecutor for war crimes in a statement reported that, according to Serbian law, Mladic was arrested today after 15 years in search and seizure, must first be questioned by the judge, who must decide on his imprisonment.

A Mladic and his defense will have to be submitted to the indictment, to which may make representations. The judge shall have a period of three days to decide whether the conditions for extradition. The defendant has three days to appeal the decision. Neighbours complain Mladic's arrest a "defender" of the Serbian People in the Bosnian village 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.

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