Thursday, 26 May 2011

Serbia arrests Ratko Mladic, war crimes fugitive


BELGRADE, Serbia - The Serbian government tells CBS News that Ratko Mladic, Europe's most wanted war crimes fugitive, has been arrested.

Serbia state TV said a man who identified himself as Milorad Komadic when he was arrested Thursday is the wartime Bosnian Serb army commander.

The director of communications for the government of President Boris Tadic confirmed to CBS News' Natasha Popovic in Belgrade that the man arrested was Mladic.

Serbia's war crimes prosecutors refused to confirm or deny the report.

Tadic scheduled an urgent media conference for 7 a.m. Eastern to formally announce the arrest.

Mladic was the commander in charge of Bosnian Serb forces who killed about 8,000 ethnic Muslim men and boys in the Srebrenica massacre of July 1995.

Serbia has been aggressively seeking membership in the European Union. One of the conditions set by the EU was that Mladic be apprehended.