Serbia 'fulfils international obligation' with Mladic arrest

26th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Serbia "fulfilled one of its international obligations" by arresting war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic, the UN war crimes prosecutor for the former Yugoslavia, Serge Brammertz, said Thursday.

"With the arrest of Mladic, Serbia has fulfilled one of its international obligations," Brammertz told AFP via telephone in Croatia.

"It is very important for the victims. When I learnt the news I thought right away of the victims and the necessity to bring those responsible to justice for reconciliation," he said.

"We will have to see when he will be transferred to The Hague, they still do not know," Brammertz added, saying Mladic had to "appear before a judge this afternoon."

"It's in the hands of the Serbs," he said, but added Mladic could appeal the decision.

Serbian President Boris Tadic announced the former Bosnian military leader's arrest on Thursday, ending a fugitive streak of about 16 years.

Tadic would not say how and where Mladic was arrested other than the confirm he was captured on Serbian soil.

But Serbian security sources told AFP that three special units swooped on a house in Lazarevo around 80 kilometres (50 miles) southwest of Belgrade and close to the Romanian border early Thursday.

© 2011 AFP

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