Mladic arrest 'triumph for international justice': Interpol

26th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Cross-border police agency Interpol on Thursday hailed the arrest of former Bosnian Serb military chief and genocide suspect Ratko Mladic as a "triumph for international justice."

"The arrest by Serbian police of Ratko Mladic, an alleged architect of human carnage and mass murder, is a triumph for international justice," said the France-based organisation's secretary-general Ronald Noble in a statement.

He added that Interpol would continue to work with UN prosecutors to catch a remaining Serb fugitive, Goran Hadzic, "wherever in the world he might be," and hand him to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Mladic's arrest ends a 16-year manhunt for the general accused of masterminding Europe's worst massacre since World War II.

The most wanted fugitive from the tribunal, he faces charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role in the Srebrenica massacre and the bloody siege of Sarajevo during the 1992-95 Bosnia conflict.

"The arrest of Mladic also reflects the determination of the Serbian police never to give up their hunt for all those wanted in connection with war crimes perpetrated in the Balkans," Noble added.

"The Serbian authorities are to be strongly commended for arresting Ratko Mladic, one of the most wanted fugitives from international justice."

© 2011 AFP

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