The Serbian President, Boris Tadic, has announced minutes ago that a Bosnia war crime suspect, Ratko Mladic, has been arrested.
Ratko Mladic is the top suspect of many war crimes, such as genocide and massacre that took place during the Bosnian War. Mladic is accused being the top military general, who was commanding the massacre of more than 8,000 men and boys at Srebrenica (the event is regarded as the Srebrenica genocide) by the International Criminal Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia. According to the Serbian President’s statements, Serbia will intensify the hunt for remaining Bosnia war criminals.
Mladic was arrested on early Thursday morning (local Serbian time). Specific details regarding the operation was not revealed yet. He was supposedly detained Vojvodina, the northern province of Serbia. The news of Mladic’s arrest came a day after the United Nations war crimes chief prosecutor, Serge Brammertz, stated in his report to the United Nations Security Council about how he believed that Serbia’s effort to capture Mladic was not sufficient. Is it possible that the timing of Mladic’s arrest was just a coincident? Or is there something more going on behind the scenes?
Serbia is a country, that is not a member of the European Union. One of the ‘unofficially’ recognized requirements of Serbia to join the European Union was the arrest of Mladic. Therefore, is it now time for Serbia to join the EU?