Serbia asked to explain why it took long to arrest Ratko Mladic

Serge Brammertz

Serge Brammertz

The Serbian authorities have been asked by the Prosecutor of the United Nations war crimes tribunal why it took 16 years to arrest the war crimes suspect, Ratko Mladic.

Mr. Mladic, the former army commander who was arrested in Serbia in May has appeared before the tribunal to face a number of war crimes related to the Bosnian war in the early 1990s.

He has dismissed the charges against him.

Serge Brammertz is the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

"I have asked the Serbian authorities to give explanations, to verify, to investigate how it could happen that he could evade justice for so many years. I have said on a number of occasions that if it finally succeeded, it's because also the international community maintained pressure on Serbia to have this job done."

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