Serbian authorities urged to arrest all war crimes suspects as Mladic is detained

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May 26, 2011

Serbian authorities urged to arrest all war crimes suspects as Mladic is detained

Alleged Bosnian war criminal Ratko Mladic has been arrested in Serbia, the Serbian President Boris Tadic announced today.

Ratko Mladic, the commander of Bosnian Serb forces in the 1992-95 Bosnia war, was indicted in 1995 on genocide over the Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and 43-month siege of Sarajevo.

The arrest took place in Vojvodina, a northern province of Serbia in the early hours of Thursday morning.

"It took more than 15 years but at last the people who suffered have hope that he will be brought to justice," said Widney Brown, Senior Director of International Law at Amnesty International.

"The Serbian authorities need to renew their efforts to arrest the remaining indicted suspect Goran Hadzic believed to be at large in either Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and to bring him to justice."