Del Ponte quashes rumour of Mladic 'arrest'

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22 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Serbian government and the UN Tribunal in The Hague have denied media reports war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic has been arrested.

22 February 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Serbian government and the UN Tribunal in The Hague have denied media reports war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic has been arrested.

Despite this, Serbian newspapers suggest Mladic is under house arrest or is being talked into surrendering himself for trial in The Hague.

UN prosecutor Carla Del Ponte held a press conference on Wednesday to announce Srebrenica war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic is still at large.

Mladic was commander of the Bosnian-Serb Army in the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia. He led the force that besieged the UN safe haven of Srebrenica, which was being guarded by 600 lightly armed Dutch troops.

His troops took away and massacred an estimated 7,000 Muslim men and boys after the Dutch peacekeepers surrendered in July 1995. The killings have been described as the largest atrocity in Europe since the Second World War.

Mladic has also been indicted for his role in the siege of Sarajevo, where at least 10,000 people died.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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