Failure to arrest Serbia's Mladic bad signal: war court

20th September 2010, Comments 3 comments

A failure to arrest Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic, wanted for genocide and war crimes, would be the "worst of signals" for international justice, the UN war crimes prosecutor said Monday.

The former Bosnian Serb military commander, 68, is the most wanted fugitive of the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) based in The Hague.

"The non-arrest of Mladic would be the worst of signals for international justice" and "to those still out there", the court's prosecutor Serge Brammertz told reporters.

It "would mean you can sit out international justice over time," he said, adding it would have an impact "broader than the ICTY".

Brammertz said Mladic's capture was the priority of his office and vital for the stability of the Balkans.

It would be a "disaster for the victims" if he were not judged, he said.

Mladic is accused of masterminding the 44-month siege of Sarajevo that left 10,000 people dead in 1995 and the July massacre that year of around 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica.

He faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity and has been on the run since the war ended in 1995.


© 2010 AFP

3 Comments To This Article

  • lpcyusa posted:

    on 16th February 2011, 22:02:54 - Reply

    Unfortunately for the Signatures Of the Rome Statute United Nations member states instituting the ICC
  • lpcyusa posted:

    on 16th February 2011, 22:02:25 - Reply


    This legal technicality indicates the Hague must dismiss charges against Dr Karadzic and others awaiting trials in the Hague jail; like it or not.

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  • lpcyusa posted:

    on 16th February 2011, 22:01:56 - Reply

    What It’s Like to Chill Out With Whom the Rest of the World Considers As The Most Ruthless Men: Ratko Mladic, Goran Hadzic and Radovan Karadzic ( ) Confessions of a Female War Crimes Investigator By Jill Louise Starr NJ USA

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    Retrospectively, it was all so simple, natural and matter of fact being on a boat restaurant in Belgrade, sitting with, laughing, drinking a two hundred bottle of wine and chatting about war and peace while Ratko Mladic held my hand. Mladic, a man considered the world’s most ruthless war criminal since Adolf Hitler, still at large and currently having a five million dollar bounty on his head for genocide by the international community. Yet there I was with my two best friends at the time, a former Serbian diplomat, his wife, and Ratko Mladic just chilling. There was no security, nothing you’d ordinarily expect in such circumstances. Referring to himself merely as, Sharko; this is the story of it all came about.

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    This legal technicality indicates the Hague must dismiss charges against Dr Karadzic and others awaiting trials in the Hague jail; like it or not.

    Unfortunately for the Signatures Of the Rome Statute United Nations member states instituting the ICC