Serbian general Ratko Mladic, wanted for war crimes during the Bosnian civil war in the 1990s, has been arrested in Serbia and is being flown to The Hague where he will appear before the war crimes tribunal.
Serbian president Boris Tadic confirmed the arrest of Mladic at a news conference. The general is accused of being behind the massacre of at least 7,500 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995. The enclave was under the protection of Dutch troops at the time.
The Netherlands had made the capture of Mladican important condition for its support for Serbian membership of the European Union. Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic was captured in 2008.
A spokeswoman for families of Srebrenica victims, Hajra Catic, told news agency AFP: ‘After 16 years of waiting, for us, the victims’ families, this is a relief.’
Relatives of some of the victims last year started legal action against three Dutch military officials for failing to protect their loved ones during the siege.
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