Ratko Mladic Captured. Murdered 10,000 Muslims in Serbia.

by Daniel Russ on May 27, 2011

Ratko Mladic

“PARIS — President Boris Tadic of Serbia announced at a news conference in Belgrade on Thursday that Ratko Mladic, the fugitive accused of masterminding the massacre at Srebrenica in 1995, had been captured but refused to give details.

Mr. Mladic, a former Bosnian Serb general, was one of the world’s most wanted criminals, evading capture for more than 15 years despite an increasing international effort to hunt him down. Serbian news reports said that he was living under the name of Milorad Komadic and that he was captured after a tip that he had identification documents for Mladic and appeared physically similar.

Mr. Mladic was blamed for the worst ethnically motivated mass murder on the Continent since World War II, which resulted in the massacre of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys from the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. “








To be charged with

Count 1: genocide

Count 2: complicity in genocide

Count 3: Persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds

Count 4: Extermination

Count 5: Murder

Count 6: Murder

Count 7: Deportation

Count 8: Inhumane acts (forcible transfer)

Count 9: unlawfully inflicting terror upon civilians

Count 10: murder

Count 11: murder

Count 12: cruel treatment

Count 13: inhumane acts

Count 14: attacks on civilians

Count 15: taking of hostages

“Ratko Mladic led the armed forces of the Bosnian Serbs during the Balkan wars of the early 1990s. Accused of ordering Europe’s worst massacre since World War II, he was the most wanted fugitive for the atrocities in the conflict. He was arrested on May 26, 2011.

Within Serbia, his military prowess, the undeniable suffering and the imponderable scale of the crimes he is accused of have made him as much a national myth as a man. His notoriety around the globe and his support within the Serbian dominated regions within the former Yugoslavia were only increased by the arrest of the Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic in July 2008.

Mr. Mladic spent over 15 years on the run. During that time, his arrest became a prerequisite for Serbia’s admission to the European Union.

Read More…A tall, burly man of 68 with a ruddy face and sharp blue eyes, Mr. Mladic was born in a remote Bosnian Serb village, Bozanovici. He was shaped by poverty and the killing of his partisan father by soldiers of the Nazi puppet state in Croatia. His rise in the Yugoslav Army was swift.

Mr. Mladic’s early military career was shaped by Tito’s Communist ideology, which called for Yugoslav brotherhood among the country’s six constituent multiethnic republics. But with the rise of Serbian nationalism in the 1980s, and as Yugoslavia began to disintegrate in 1991, Mr. Mladic was ready to do his part in the schemes devised by Slobodan Milosevic, in the name of protecting and assuring the dominance of the Serbs, the largest ethnic group.

People who met Mr. Mladic during the war said he would often rail against politicians, preferring the company of his soldiers, whom he routinely joined on the front line. While others dove into trenches during an attack by Bosnian forces, they said, he would remain standing, apparently unafraid of death.

In 1992, one month after a Bosnian majority voted to secede from Yugoslavia, Mr. Mladic’s forces launched the three-and-a-half-year siege of Sarajevo, killing 10,000 people, including 3,500 children.

Many observers in both Serbia and Bosnia believe that Mr. Mladic descended into deep depression, and possibly madness, after the suicide of his daughter Ana, a 22-year-old medical student who killed herself in March 1994, reportedly over a Serbian magazine article that depicted her father as a murderer.

On the eve of the Srebrenica massacre, a defiant Mr. Mladic made an address broadcast on Bosnian Serb television, during which he warned that the time had come to avenge centuries of conquest by the Ottoman Muslims. Witnesses have said that they saw Mr. Mladic ordering his soldiers to round up some of the nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys who were slaughtered in Srebrenica, a United Nations-protected enclave, on July 11, 1995. The Bosnian war ended five months later.

That year, an international court in The Hague indicted Mr. Mladic twice, for war crimes in the Sarajevo siege and for genocide in the Srebrenica massacre. He became a fugitive at a time when 60,000 NATO troops were on the ground, raising questions about why he was not seized. American and European diplomats say a consensus prevailed that no country wanted to spill its soldiers’ blood in a battle with Mr. Mladic’s armed protectors — which has left Serbian governments asking why they should risk the same.”

Source NYT


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