UN rights chief applauds Mladic arrest

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UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Thursday said the arrest of Serbian war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic sends the message that leaders implicated in grave crimes will face justice.

The arrest "sends a strong message to political and military leaders contemplating crimes such as these, or those who fail to prevent them that times and regimes change and there will be no impunity," she said in a statement.

Pillay called the arrest "tremendous news" and hoped that his trial would "help victims and their families see justice done and receive acknowledgement of their suffering"

The arrest of the most wanted remaining Bosnian war crimes suspect "shows both the perpetrators and victims of such crimes that justice can and should prevail."

Mladic, has for years been sought by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in connection with the crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1992-1995 war, notably in a massacre at Srebrenica.

"Ratko Mladic was the single most significant suspect still at large, 19 years after the atrocities began in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His arrest will be welcomed by many of the people raped, made homeless, and tortured during the war," Pillay said.

© 2011 AFP

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