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bujhee kom
June 2, 2011, 12:46 AM
Serbia: War crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic arrested

AP – FILE Undated file photo showing top war crimes fugitives Bosnian Serb wartime military commander Ratko Mladic, right, and political leader Radovan Karadzic. Belgrade media reports Thursday May 26, 2011 that a man suspected to be Europe's most wanted war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic has been arrested in Serbia. Serbia state TV said a man who identified himself as Milorad Komadic when he was arrested Thursday is the wartime Bosnian Serb army commander.

– Thu May 26, 7:21 am ET
BELGRADE, Serbia – The Serbian president has confirmed war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic has been arrested. Mladic has been on the run since 1995 when he was indicted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, for genocide in the slaughter of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica and other crimes committed by his troops during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A man believed to be Gen. Ratko Mladic, Europe's most wanted war crimes fugitive, has been arrested in Serbia, news media reported Thursday.

Serbia state TV said a man who identified himself as Milorad Komadic when he was arrested Thursday is the wartime Bosnian Serb army commander. It gave no other details.

The European Union said it has "all reasons to believe" that Mladic has been arrested, but EU Commission spokeswoman Natasha Butler said the bloc was still awaiting confirmation. The EU has conditioned Serbia's membership bid on the arrest of Mladic.

Croatian media, which first broke the story, said police there got confirmation from their Serbian colleagues that DNA analysis confirmed Mladic's identity.

Belgrade's B92 radio said Mladic was arrested in a village close to the northern Serbian town of Zrenjanin.

Mladic has been on the run since 1995 when he was indicted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, for genocide in the slaughter of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica and other crimes committed by his troops during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

Yugoslav war crimes tribunal spokeswoman Nerma Jelacic told The Associated Press that it could not immediately confirm the reports.

Serbia's war crimes prosecutors refused to confirm or deny the report. Serbia's President Boris Tadic has scheduled an urgent media conference for 1100 GMT (7 a.m. EDT).

"We can't comment on operational matters," tribunal prosecution office spokesman Frederick Swinnen said.

The chief U.N. war crimes prosecutor has complained in the past that Serbian authorities were not doing enough to capture him. Prosecutors have said they believe he is hiding in Serbia under the protection of hardliners who consider him a hero. Mladic was last seen in Belgrade in 2006.



bujhee kom
June 2, 2011, 12:56 AM
Mladic extradition arouses painful Dutch memories
By Frank Westerman


Dutch troops were supposed to protect the refugees in the Srebrenica enclave in 1995

The extradition of Ratko Mladic to the Netherlands for trial on genocide charges is particularly poignant.

The Dutch have a special interest in bringing him to justice because of their role - some would call it complicity - in the Srebrenica massacre.

More than any other nation, the Netherlands - whose peacekeepers failed to protect Muslim refugees in Srebrenica - has agitated for his arrest.

His detention has, therefore, sparked a collective sigh of relief here. But, for some, it has also revived a deep shame that remains in the Dutch conscience.

Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal called the news of Mladic's arrest "happy and historic". He spoke of "redress" for both the relatives of the victims and the Dutch battalion of UN soldiers (Dutchbat) that proved unable to defend the "safe haven" of Srebrenica.

More than 7,000 men and boys were killed there, after it was overrun by Gen Mladic's forces. "Dutchbat suffered too," he added during a TV debate, referring to the disorders that afflict many veterans.

(Picture edited for BC rules/youth audience/Too graphic and painful...please see link to view photograph of excavated mass-grave.)
More than 7,000 Muslim boys and men were massacred in Srebrenica

Delight over the arrest is still tempered by the collective trauma Dutch society suffered from Dutchbat's failure. The NRC Handelsblad daily warns that Gen Mladic's trial in The Hague will not "close the book on Srebrenica".

It is perceived as a salve to ease the pain from Dutchbat's actions. Deputy Prime Minister Maxime Verhagen, who blocked Serbia's admission to the EU as long as Gen Mladic remained at large, tweeted: "The Netherlands can be proud of our continued insistence that Mladic be brought to The Hague."

The media seems to be responding by presenting the role of Dutchbat in a milder light.

Anne Mulder, a member of the Lower House and Dutchbat veteran, described how he was tortured by feelings of powerlessness.

As Dutchbat pulled out on 21 July 1995, 10 days after the fall of the enclave, he realised he could have shot Gen Mladic: "I had my Uzi on my lap. We left. Looking back we realised that we were all armed and he was standing right there."

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“Mladic did a good job of out-manoeuvring us”
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Lt Gen Thom Karremans
His memory contrasts sharply with footage from that moment, showing a cheerful Gen Mladic presenting Dutchbat commander Thom Karremans with going-away presents (including a lamp).

"Is this for my wife?" asks a smiling Lt Col Karremans. For the second time in 10 days he and Gen Mladic raised a toast to peace.

At his arrival in Zagreb, the Dutch commander spoke to the press about his "colleague" Gen Mladic.

"From the Serbian side, the capture of Srebrenica was a correct military operation," he said. "Mladic did a good job of out-manoeuvring us." He refused to call him a war criminal.

The Dutch reporting of Gen Mladic's arrest does not dwell on such moments. Now that "the real villain" has been caught, the painful aspects of Dutchbat's performance are scarcely considered.

Nobody seems willing to be reminded, for example, of the intense loathing many Dutchbat soldiers had developed for the refugees they were supposed to protect - nor of the fact that troops manning a number of Dutchbat observation posts on the edges of the enclave surrendered without the slightest resistance.

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/53086000/jpg/_53086560_000237245-1.jpgFootage of Lt Karremans drinking with Gen Mladic in July 1995 has been replayed on Dutch TV

When the enclave fell and some 25,000 refugees crowded into and around the Dutchbat compound, fleeing Dutchbat soldiers panicked.

The battalion command refused to give the 18-year-old brother of interpreter Hasan Nuhanovic a UN pass. He had to leave the compound and was murdered by Gen Mladic's troops, together with his father and mother.

The official 2002 Dutch investigation by the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies concluded that Dutchbat could not have prevented the enclave from falling, that the air strikes requested did not come in time, and some units did put up a fierce resistance.

The report though was critical about the failure of Lt Col Karremans to inform his superiors about the human tragedy witnessed by the battalion - such as the bodies his men saw along the stream outside the compound.

It also concluded that the Dutch army command had pursued a hush-hush policy in an attempt at damage limitation.

'Lousy player'

After returning to the Netherlands, Lt Col Karremans was paraded in a Cadillac convertible and later promoted to colonel.

In 1998 he told NRC Handelsblad: "When the Dutch team loses in the World Cup semi-finals, the country's fed up for a day. But we, the men and women of Dutchbat, we still get the cold shoulder three-and-a-half years after the fall of Srebrenica."

Immediately after the publication of the official NIOD-findings in April 2002, the Dutch government resigned, taking "responsibility" for what had happened, but "not the blame".

Dutch governments have since been harsher than others in Europe in trying to get ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic - captured and sent to The Hague in 2008 - and Gen Mladic to justice.

During a TV debate on Thursday, almost 16 years after the bloodbath at Srebrenica, Col Karremans described Col Mladic as "a hardliner, someone you couldn't do business with".

Asked whether he held him responsible for the death of so many Muslim men, he said: "Absolutely, yes."

As he spoke, the channel replayed the footage of his forced "toast" with Gen Mladic on 11 July 1995. The Dutchbat commander was humiliated.

In the clip, he was heard saying: "I am a piano player, don't shoot the piano player." Gen Mladic: "You are a lousy piano player."

These images have dented the nation's sense of itself. They won't be dislodged easily.

Frank Westerman is a Dutch author who co-wrote the book Srebrenica: Het zwartste scenario (Srebrenica: The Blackest Scenario)
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bujhee kom
June 2, 2011, 01:04 AM
Clashes erupt in Belgrade to protest Mladic Arrest

AP – Bosnian Serb people holding photos of former Gen. Ratko Mladic during a protest in Kalinovik, Bosnia, …
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Press Jovana Gec, Associated Press – Sun May 29, 7:56 pm ET
BELGRADE, Serbia – Protesters throwing stones and bottles clashed with baton-wielding riot police Sunday in Belgrade after several thousand Serbian nationalist supporters of jailed war-crimes suspect Ratko Mladic rallied outside the parliament building to demand his release.

By the time the crowds broke up by late evening, about 100 people were arrested and 16 minor injuries were reported. That amounted to a victory for the pro-Western government, which arrested Mladic on Thursday, risking the wrath of the nationalist old guard in a country with a history of much larger and more virulent protests.

Rioters overturned garbage containers, broke traffic lights and set off firecrackers as they rampaged through downtown. Cordons of riot police blocked their advances, and skirmishes took place in several locations in the center of the capital.

Doctors said six police officers were among the 16 people brought to a hospital with minor injuries. Police remained on the streets as the crowds broke up.

The clashes began after a rally that drew at least 7,000 demonstrators, many singing nationalist songs and carrying banners honoring Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb military commander. Some chanted right-wing slogans and a few gave Nazi salutes.

Supporters of the extreme nationalist Serbian Radical Party were bused in to attend the rally. Right-wing extremists and hooligan groups also urged followers to appear in large numbers, creating the biggest test of Serbian sentiment and the government's resolve since Mladic's arrest.

The demonstrators, who consider Mladic a hero, said Serbia should not hand him over to the U.N. war crimes court in The Hague, Netherlands.

"Cooperation with The Hague tribunal represents treason," Radical Party official Lidija Vukicevic told the crowd. "This is a protest against the shameful arrest of the Serbian hero."

Demonstrators demanded the ouster of Serbian President Boris Tadic, who ordered Mladic's arrest. A sign on the stage read, "Tadic is not Serbia."

More than 3,000 riot police were deployed around government buildings and Western embassies, fearing that the demonstration could turn violent. Riot police tried to block small groups of extremists from reaching the rally.

Nationalists are furious that the Serbian government apprehended Mladic after nearly 16 years on the run. The 69-year-old former general was caught at a relative's home in a northern Serbian village.

The U.N. tribunal charged Mladic with genocide in 1995, accusing him of orchestrating the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica and other war crimes of Bosnia's 1992-95 war. Mladic's arrest is considered critical to Serbia's efforts to join the European Union, and to reconciliation in the region after a series of ethnic wars of the 1990s.

Mladic's son, Darko Mladic, said Sunday that despite the indictment, his father insists he was not responsible for the mass executions committed by his troops after they overran the eastern Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica in July 1995.

"Whatever was done behind his back, he has nothing to do with that," Darko Mladic said.

The massacre in Srebrenica is considered to be Europe's worst atrocity since World War II. Bosnian Serb troops under Mladic's command rounded up boys and men and executed them over several days, burying the remains in mass graves in the area. Prosecutors say they have compelling evidence that Mladic personally ordered and oversaw the executions in and around Srebrenica.

But Serb nationalists in Serbia and parts of Bosnia still consider Mladic a hero — the general who against all odds tried to defend Serbs in the Bosnian conflict. Among his men, Mladic commanded fierce devotion — many Bosnian Serb soldiers pledged to follow him to the death.

Some 3,000 supporters arrived Sunday by bus from other parts of Bosnia to a rally at Kalinovik, the area where Mladic grew up. Many wore black T-shirts with Mladic's picture and the words "Serbia in my heart."

The crowd called Tadic a "betrayer" for ordering the arrest of "the Serb hero" and urged him to "kill himself." Many said they would fight under Mladic again.

Many of the Kalinovik protesters headed afterward to the shack Mladic was born in at the end of a steep, muddy road in the village of Bozanici, turning the shabby house into a pilgrimage site. Mladic's aunt and cousins spoke to them, telling stories about Mladic's childhood.

Mladic's family and lawyers have been fighting his extradition, arguing that the former general is too ill to face charges. The family plans to appeal the extradition on Monday and to demand an independent medical checkup — moves described by the authorities as a delaying tactics.

"He's a man who has not taken care of his health for a while, but not to the point that he cannot stand trial," Serbia's deputy war crimes prosecutor Bruno Vekaric told The Associated Press. "According to doctors, he doesn't need hospitalization."

Mladic has suffered at least two, and possibly three, strokes, the latest in 2008, his son said. The suspect's right arm is only semi-functional, and his family says he is not lucid — but Vekaric said that assessment was not true.

Lawyer Milos Saljic says that Mladic above all keeps demanding that he be allowed to visit the grave of his daughter, who committed suicide in 1994.

"He says if he can't go there, he wants his daughter's coffin brought in here," the lawyer added. "His condition is alarming."

Saljic said the family does not believe that Mladic would receive proper medical attention in The Hague. He noted that several high-profile Serbs had died there, including former President Slobodan Milosevic, who suffered a heart attack.


Dusan Stojanovic and Danica Kirka contributed.

Neel Here
June 2, 2011, 01:33 AM
hah, kobekar basi khobor.

mar umpire
June 2, 2011, 04:01 AM
good news nonetheless
Thanks Bhujee Kom
Funny how he was watching soccer games and they couldn't capture him but when entry to the EU was threatened he was captured so quickly

June 2, 2011, 09:13 PM
Never heard of him till he got arrested.

June 2, 2011, 09:20 PM
Never heard of him till he got arrested.

You are a very young man then.

The massacres at Sbrenica in the UB protected enclave was all over the media. This was in 1995 and soon after that year the ICC indicted both him and Radovan Karazic (sp?) for war crimes.

June 2, 2011, 09:22 PM

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al Furqaan
June 2, 2011, 09:57 PM
You are a very young man then.

The massacres at Sbrenica in the UB protected enclave was all over the media. This was in 1995 and soon after that year the ICC indicted both him and Radovan Karazic (sp?) for war crimes.

never heard of him either. milosevic and thats it. but then again in 1995 i was far more concerned with my basketball card collection than with social justice.

btw, its funny how they have names for every one of these Serbs commanders - despite the ridiculousness of the names themselves. do we not have names of the perpetrators of our genocide? any word on if there is even a push to get the ICC to indict Pakistan and Bangladeshi criminals?

June 3, 2011, 12:17 AM
You are a very young man then.

The massacres at Sbrenica in the UB protected enclave was all over the media. This was in 1995 and soon after that year the ICC indicted both him and Radovan Karazic (sp?) for war crimes.

Yep, I was like 7-8. I remember the war happened around same time as first intifada and all that was in the news (BBC/CNN) was those 2 conflicts for a long time.

bujhee kom
June 3, 2011, 12:39 AM
AP Exclusive: Boy in Mladic video looks back

Almir Alic, Associated Press – Tue May 31, 7:06 pm ET
PROHICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina – The video horrified the world: a grinning Ratko Mladic patting a young Muslim boy on the head and assuring him everyone in the Srebrenica area would be safe — just hours before overseeing the murder of 8,000 men and boys.

The boy in the video is now a 24-year-old man. He clearly recalls the sunny day in July 1995 when he met the Bosnian Serb military commander who gave him chocolate.

"I was 8 and I didn't know what was going on or who Ratko Mladic was," Izudin Alic told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Tuesday.

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20110531/capt.b1a2c172b411460d99e8b3c202c9f68d-8590c9c851604e6092be6a3607678f9c-0.jpgThis image from file video shows Bosnian Muslim boy Izudin Alic being patted on the head by a grinning Ratko Mladic in 1995 as Mladic assures him that everyone in Srebrenica, Bosnia, would be safe as other young Bosnian Muslims look on, just hours before overseeing the murder of some 8,000 men and boys. But Izudin Alic escaped with his life to bear witness to the incident. Sitting in his home in Srebrenica, Bosnia, on Tuesday May 31, 2011, 24-year old Alic recalls the sunny day in 1995 when he met with the Bosnian Serb military commander Mladic, who gave him chocolate, even as soldiers were killing his father in the nearby woods. The fugitive Mladic has been arrested on charges relating to alleged war crimes during the Bosnian 1992-95 war

Mladic, 69, was captured last week by Serbian intelligence agents after 16 years on the run, and the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague plans to try him on charges of genocide. Mladic was flown Tuesday to the Netherlands after judges rejected his appeal to block an extradition order.

In 1995, Alic was among thousands of Bosnian Muslims who fled to the Srebrenica area seeking protection from U.N. troops. That July evening, he joined other kids flocking to a field where they heard an important soldier was handing out chocolate.

"I went there with other children and took that chocolate bar from Ratko Mladic," said Alic, a lanky man with sunken eyes. "He asked me what my name was and I said 'Izudin.' I was not afraid. I was just focused on the chocolate."

Alic's grandfather had forbidden him to go, but he sneaked out of the factory where the family was hiding because he couldn't resist the lure of chocolate.

He was devouring it with gratitude while his father, Sahzet, was being hunted down by Mladic's men in the nearby woods. His father had fled the night before along with 15,000 other Srebrenica men, moving through mountains and minefields. Mladic's troops soon caught up with them.

"He was found years ago in one of the mass graves," Alic said, flipping through a photo album showing the family in a garden in front of their home.

The video that captured Mladic patting Alic on the head generated worldwide revulsion because of the contrast between the military commander's feigned benevolence and the reality of the massacre to come. Mladic paraded among Bosnian refugees, smilingly promising evacuation with his soldiers handing out chocolate to kids.

In the video, Mladic asked Alic his age, and Alic responded, "Twelve." He says he lied to appear older, not realizing the risks. The youngest known Srebrenica victim was 14.

The whereabouts of the boy in the video have been a mystery for years, even though he clearly stated his name in the footage as Izudin. Some thought he was dead, others that he had emigrated. The Association of Mothers of Srebrenica even suggested at one point that reporters search for him among Srebrenica refugees in the United States.

The AP began searching for him last week after Mladic's capture.

A break came when the AP came across a group of young men who claimed to have been among the children given chocolate by Mladic. They identified the boy from the video as Alic, a Bosnian Muslim in the village of Prohici — and AP tracked him down there.

He and his mother, Fatima, showed an AP reporter family photo albums of Alic as a boy bearing a striking resemblance to the youth in the video. He also was shown the famous video and identified himself as the youth patted on the head by Mladic.

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20110531/capt.c7d34ee6596d44268014f188f61bce93-c7d34ee6596d44268014f188f61bce93-0.jpgBosnian Muslim man Izudin Alic touches the names of his father wrriten on marble stone at the memorial cemetery Potocari, near Srebrenica 170 kms northeastfrom Sarajevo, on Tuesday, May 31,2011.

The United Nations had declared the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, besieged by Serbs throughout the conflict, a protected area for civilians. When Mladic's troops overran the enclave, 20,000 people flocked to the U.N. base outside Srebrenica for protection.

So did the Alic family — young Izudin, his two sisters, his mother and his grandfather.

When Serb troops reached the base, the outgunned and outnumbered Dutch peacekeepers never fired a shot, and Mladic's troops began separating out the men for execution.

The family returned to settle in Prohici, just outside Srebrenica, a few years after the war.

Alic earns a living as a construction worker and making sandwiches at a fast-food stand. He often prays at his father's grave in the town's memorial center, where thousands of Mladic's victims — unearthed from mass graves — were finally laid to rest.

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20110531/capt.94c05aef24a14288a31cdbee9c38b313-94c05aef24a14288a31cdbee9c38b313-0.jpgBosnian Muslim man Izudin Alic touches grave stone of his father at the memorial cemetry Potocari, near Srebrenica 170 kms northeast from Sarajevo, onTuesday, May 31,2011.

For Alic and his family, some solace came last week when Mladic was captured in a village north of Belgrade.

"I was glad," Alic said. "He should get the biggest sentence possible. He killed my father, my uncle and so many of our people."


Editors: Associated Press writer Almir Alic is not related to Izudin Alic.

bujhee kom
June 3, 2011, 01:02 AM
good news nonetheless
Thanks Bhujee Kom
Funny how he was watching soccer games and they couldn't capture him but when entry to the EU was threatened he was captured so quickly
Exactly our thought as well.

You are welcome Mar Umpire bhai.