Serbian authorities on Thursday arrested Gen. Ratko Mladic, the brutal Bosnian Serb general suspected of leading the bloody massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys, the country’s president said.
The arrest 16 years after Mladic was indicted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal for genocide, could be a jolt for Serbia’s lagging efforts to join the European Union. The country has been under intense pressure from the international community to catch Europe’s most wanted war crimes suspect and the EU has insisted on his arrest as a condition for its membership bid.
Mladic is charged in worst massacre in Europe since World War II and in and other crimes committed during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war. The general personally led his troops in the bloody Serb onslaught against the U.N.-protected Srebrenica enclave in Bosnia, cementing his reputation as a cold and ruthless killer.