Serbia arrest accused war criminal Ratko Mladic

General Ratko Mladic (centre) arrives for UN-m...Image via Wikipedia

The former Chief of Staff of the Bosnian Serb Army was reportedly seized by police after an anonymous tip-off.

"He has some physical features of Mladic. We are analysing his DNA now," an Interior Ministry official said.

Serbian media reported that the suspect was living under the name of Milorad Komadic.

The European Commission said it had "all reason to believe" that Mladic could be the man arrested.

Serbia had been told it must arrest Mladic, sought by the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for genocide during the Bosnian war, if it wants to join the European Union.

Mladic has been on the run since 1995, when he was indicted for allegedly orchestrating the Srebrenica massacre. He is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws of war.

It has long been suspected that he has been living in Serbia, where many people still regard him as a hero and a defender of Serb rights during the 1992-1995 conflict.

Two years ago, video footage emerged of Mladic living freely in the country, enjoying himself at a ski resort and dancing at a wedding.


Under Mladic's command, the Army of Republika Srpska killed more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys in the Srebrenica massacre of July 1995.

Between April 1992 and February 1996, the army laid siege to Sarajevo killing an estimated 10,000 people.
The atrocities were the product of ancient hatreds that have existed since the time the Muslim culture bumped against the Christian West hundreds of years ago.

It appears the Serbians wanted into the EU more than they wanted Ratko to get away with his acts.
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