Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic was arrested Thursday in Serbia, more than a decade after a warrant was issued for his arrest for his involvement in the Bosnian war of the 1990s. He was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia for crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes in 1995 and the international arrest warrant soon followed.
The European Commission is still waiting for cast-iron confirmation of the arrested man's identity before making a statement, but said it had 'all reason to believe' that the man is accused war criminal Ratko Mladic.
Rakto Mladic has been on the run since 1995, after a massacre of Bosnian Muslims was discovered. Ratko Mladic was arrested by agents of the Serbian Security Intelligence Agency.
Ratko Mladic, architect of Srebrenica massacre during the Yugoslavia wars, may have left evidence in thousands of hand-written pages.
In what is regarded as one of Europe's biggest war crimes since World War II, more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslims were massacred at Srebrenica in 1995 by Serb forces. Serbia's apology for Srebrenica has met with polarized response in a country still divided over its role in the massacre.
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, in the dock at The Hague on war crimes charges of genocide and ethnic cleansing, said Tuesday the charges against him are the result of lies and "tricks."
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is seen in this August 2008 photo in the courtroom at the UN Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands. According to his legal advisor Marko Sladojevic, Karadzic boycotted his genocide trial on Monday to protest what he claims is a lack of time to prepare for the trial. Karadzic also boycotted the start of his trial in the International Criminal Tribunal on Oct. 26.
President Boris Tadic launched Serbia's formal bid to join the European Union on Tuesday, saying that the country would overcome 'challenges' in its relationship with the EU, including differing views on the independence of Kosovo.
Karadzic, who broke boycott of his war-crimes trial but asked for more time to prepare, rose from small-town figure to become front-man for Serb strongman Milosevic.
Will the Yugoslav court allow Radovan Karadzic to employ the same tactics used by Slobodan Milosevic? Court will reconvene Tuesday.