Ratko Mladić arrested for war crimes
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Bosnia," has been arrested after being sought for over a decade. The 69-year-old former Serbian general and war crimes suspect was arrested on May 26 by Serbian special police in , Serbia. Mladić was accused of war crimes shortly after the 1992–1995 . He was wanted for genocide and crimes against humanity, including the orchestration of a massacre of over 8000 Muslim Bosniak men and boys in ., otherwise known as "The Butcher of
The arrest has prompted protests from Serbian nationalists, who herald Mladić as a national hero and patriot. However, the international reaction to Mladić's capture is more positive. French President Nicolas Sarkozy praised Serbia's actions, saying it is another step for Serbia on the path to joining the European Union. Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt gave similar praise, saying that the Serbia's prospects of joining the EU are "brighter than ever."
Serbia's war crimes court ruled that Mladić is fit for trial, despite claims from family and supporters to the contrary. Ratko Mladić's son Darko claims that his father is too weak to face extradition to The Hague for trial. Mladić could face extradition within a matter of days.
- Neil Buckley. "Mladic could be extradited within days" — , May 28, 2011
- Rachel Carbonell. "Mladic arrest bittersweet for Bosnian survivors" — , May 28, 2011
- Melissa Thompson. "Butcher of Bosnia Ratko Mladic claims he is ‘too ill’ to be extradited" — , May 28, 2011
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- Aleksandar Vasovic. "Ratko Mladic hunted for massacre to face trial" — , May 28, 2011
- Dusan Stojanovic and Jovana Gec. "Mladic could be extradited as early as Monday" — , May 27, 2011