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Ratko Mladic captured in Serbia

Former army general accused in massacre of 7,500 at Srebrenica


 

Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb army chief accused of coordinating the slaughter of 7,500 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995, has been arrested in the Serbian village of Lazarevo, about 80 km north of Belgrade. Serbian prosecutors have already started extradition procedures to have that will see Mladic prosecuted in the Hague, where he was indicted by the UN war crimes tribunal in 1995. Mladic nevertheless lived freely in in Belgrade until 2001, when he disappeared after the arrest of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. His capture is expected to facilitate Serbia’s bid to join the European Union.

BBC News


 
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