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    Jeudi 26 Mai 2011 -- L'ancien chef militaire des Serbes de Bosnie, Ratko Mladic, a été arrêté "aujourd'hui (jeudi) tôt dans la matinée", a déclaré le président serbe, Boris Tadic, dans une conférence de presse. La radio-télévision serbe B92 avait annoncé plus tôt ce jeudi qu'un homme "présentant des ressemblances physiques" avec Ratko Mladic, l'ancien chef militaire des Serbes de Bosnie en cavale depuis des années, avait été arrêté, et son ADN examiné pour identification.

    Seize ans de cavale

    Le Tribunal pénal international pour l'ex-Yougoslavie (TPIY) réclame depuis des années l'arrestation de Ratko Mladic pour son rôle pendant la guerre inter-communautaire en Bosnie (1992-1995). Il est inculpé pour crime de guerre et pour génocide pour son rôle dans le massacre de Srebrenica (1995), où périrent quelque 8.000 hommes et adolescents musulmans bosniens et pour le siège de Sarajevo (1992-95). Pour les familles de victimes du massacre de Srebrenica, "après seize ans d'attente, pour nous, les familles de victimes, c'est un soulagement", a dit Hajra Catic, présidente de l'association "Femmes de Srebrenica". "Justice va être faite" a jugé de son côté l'Otan. La chef de la diplomatie européenne Catherine Ashton a demandé que Ratko Mladic soit "transféré sans délai" devant le TPIY. Il risque la prison à vie s'il est reconnu coupable des quinze charges de génocide, persécutions, exterminations, meurtres, déportations, actes inhumains et prises d'otages notamment qui pèsent contre lui.

    Les critiques du TPIY

    Cette arrestation intervient après la publication d'extraits d'un rapport du procureur du TPIY, Serge Brammertz, transmis au Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies. Un rapport critique à l'égard de Belgrade. Avant lui à ce poste, Carla Del Ponte avait souvent critiqué l'attitude serbe. "La capture est l'obligation la plus importante de la Serbie. Jusqu'à présent, les efforts de la Serbie pour arrêter les fugitifs n'ont pas été suffisants", affirme Brammertz dans son rapport, cité par le site internet EUObserver. "L'échec de la Serbie à arrêter ces deux hommes [Ratko Mladic et Goran Hadzic, un ancien responsable des Serbes de Croatie, ndlr] mine sa crédibilité et la force de son engagement à coopérer pleinement avec le TPI", ajoutait-il. Le rapport, que le procureur doit présenter le 6 juin devant le Conseil de sécurité, promettait d'être lu très attentivement à Bruxelles, qui fait de la coopération de Belgrade avec le TPIY l'une des principales conditions à la poursuite du rapprochement de la Serbie avec l'Union européenne (UE).

    Un pas vers l'UE ?

    L'arrestation de Mladic par Belgrade, si elle était confirmée, permettrait à la Serbie de montrer sa bonne volonté à Bruxelles, alors qu'elle espère obtenir le statut de candidat à l'UE d'ici la fin de l'année. Rome et Londres ont d'ailleurs aussitôt salué l'annonce du président Tadic. À Bruxelles, la porte-parole pour les questions liées à l'élargissement de l'Union européenne, Natasha Butler, a réagi ce jeudi, avant cette confirmation. Une telle arrestation signifierait que "la Serbie a compris l'importance d'une coopération entière" avec la justice internationale "et a décidé qu'elle veut concrètement progresser sur la voie européenne".

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    May 26, 2011 -- Police in Serbia have arrested Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military leader wanted by the United Nations for war crimes committed during the Bosnian war, including the Srebrenica massacre. The detention of Mladic — who had let it be known that he would rather kill himself than be arrested — was confirmed by Serbian president, Boris Tadic. "On behalf of the Republic of Serbia I can announce the arrest of Ratko Mladic," Tadic told reporters.

    Mladic, who was arrested in Serbia, would be extradited to the United Nations war crimes tribunal, he said. He did not specify when, but said "an extradition process is under way". "We ended a difficult period of our history and removed the stain from the face of the members of our nation wherever they live," he said. Mladic has already been indicted by the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for alleged genocide and other war crimes committed during the Bosnian war.

    Mladic, now 68, is wanted as the commander of the 44-month-long siege of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, which killed more than 10,000 people, and for the massacre in July 1995 of up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. "Today we closed one chapter of our recent history that will help us one step closer to reconciliation in the region," Tadic said. The president said he believed the arrest would facilitate his country's entry into the European Union. Mladic's capture and his surrender to the ICTY in the Hague has been a condition of Serbia's bid to join the EU. "I believe that the doors for Serbia to join the EU are open," Tadic said.

    European Union foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, welcomed the arrest and said Mladic should be sent to the tribunal without delay. "This is an important step forward for Serbia and for international justice," Ashton said in a statement. "We expect Ratko Mladic to be transferred to the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia without delay. Full co-operation with the ICTY remains essential on Serbia's path towards EU membership," she said.

    An official from the Serbian interior ministry said Mladic was arrested after authorities received an anonymous tip. His identity was confirmed by DNA tests, the official said. U.S. and Serbian authorities have offered rewards of up to $19 million (£11 million) for information leading to Mladic's arrest. According to Croatia's Zagreb newspaper Jutarnji List Mladic was living under the pseudonym of Milorad Komadic. The paper reported that the secret operation to arrest him came after a tipoff that Komadic "possessed some identification marks of Ratko Mladic and was physically very similar to him". Mladic had lived openly in Belgrade for a number of years but dropped out of sight after 2000. Before then there had been creditable reports of Mladic dining in fashionable restaurants and attending football matches.

    Radovan Karadzic, the war-time political leader of the Bosnian Serbs, was arrested in 2008. Recent years have seen the surrender of a number of Mladic's former allies to the war crimes court as Belgrade has come under increasing pressure to co-operate with it, including Radivoje Miletic and Milan Gvero, both accused of involvement in ethnic cleansing. Serbia has been under intense pressure to make the arrest, with the chief UN war crimes prosecutor, Serge Brammertz, complaining earlier this month that authorities were not doing enough to capture him and other war crimes fugitives.

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    The UN's chief war crimes prosecutor has denied reports suggesting that top war crimes suspect General Ratko Mladic has been arrested.

    Ratko Mladic 'is still at large'

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    Here we go, a claim of his arrest and a denial of it, we are no wiser yet:


    Top Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic was arrested in Belgrade today, more than a decade after he was indicted for ordering the Srebrenica massacre, local radio quoted an unofficial source as saying.

    Mladic was arrested in the Serbian capital before being transferred to the northern Bosnian town of Tuzla, the independent B92 radio station reported, saying the information came from several sources.

    The report was immediately denied by Serbian government spokesman Srdjan Djuric. Before the B92 announcement, a Serbian police spokeswoman had also denied that the former general had been captured.

    "This is manipulation that undermines the Serbian government's efforts to complete cooperation with The Hague-based tribunal," Mr Djuric said, referring to the United Nations war crimes court.

    B92 stood by its report following the denials.

    Mladic, a former Bosnian Serb general, was indicted in 1995 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague for ordering the three-and-a-half year siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica massacre of 8000 Muslims during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.


    War crimes fugitive Mladic arrested

    Top Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitive Mladic arrested: B92


    There are conflicting reports out of Belgrade about whether accused war criminal Gen. Ratko Mladic has been arrested in the Serbian capital after more than a decade as a fugitive.

    Serbia's state news agency Tanjug is reporting Mladic is in custody.

    However, a spokesman for Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica told the Associated Press that the report isn't true.

    Srdjan Djuric accused Tanjug of "manipulating" details about the hunt for Mladic, who commanded the Bosnian Serb army during the siege of Sarajevo.

    Shortly after Djuric issued the denial, a "top Serbian security official" told AP that Mladic had been found and authorities were negotiating the terms of his surrender.

    The UN War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia indicted Mladic in 1995 for the deaths of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica as well as the loss of 12,000 lives in Sarajevo.

    An estimated 200,000 people died during the early 1990s in the bloody conflict between Serbs and Muslims in Bosnia-Herzegovina, a breakaway republic within the former Yugoslavia.

    The UN tribunal has been trying to bring to justice a number of people accused of "ethnic cleansing" during the conflict.

    Serbian official denies Mladic arrested


    There is also a kind of 'he's about to be arrested' claim:


    BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro - War crimes fugitive Gen. Ratko Mladic, accused of genocide and crimes against humanity stemming from the Bosnian war, has been located and authorities are negotiating his surrender, a top state security official said Tuesday....

    War crimes fugitive believed cornered

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    There are some reports that General Radko Mladic, who oversaw the Srebrenica massacre, has been arrested. No sources on the Internet yet, this account of the detention of one of his aides is the most recent reference to the hunt for him at present.

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