Most of us have played the game of manhunt sometime in our lives, you know where you run and try to find every member of the guilty team that was hiding and take them to “jail”. Ratko Mladic decided to play on an international level and for the past 16 years has been the highest profile suspect at large from the Balkan wars that took place during the 1990’s. News came from Serbia today saying, Ratko Mladic Arrested in Serbia!
According to BBC News, in 1995 Ratko Mladic indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The reason Ratko Mladic’s arrest is such a big deal is because the people of Serbia could not join the European Union (EU) until Mladic was brought to justice. Brussels refused to allow Serbia to join the European Union as long as Mladic remained free.
Ratko Mladic was the last fugitive at large for the Balkan war crimes after Former Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic was handed over to the U.N. Tribunal in 2001 and than Radovan Karadzic, Bosnian Serb political leader, was finally arrested on July 21, 2008.
On October 28th 2010 the reward for information leading Serbia to Ratko Mladic’s head climbed from $1 million to $14 million, a few months after Mladic’s family tried to get the courts to declare Mladic legally dead.
Serbian President Boris Tadic announced on Thursday May 26, 2011 that Ratko Mladic had been arrested after nearly 16 years of running. Hiding out as Milorad Komodic, he was arrested in the province of Vojvodina early on Thursday.
Ratko Mladic faces charges on the massacre of at least 7,500 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995. Tadic said that an extradition process is under way for Ratko Mladic to be moved to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.