Fugitive Croatian General Ante Gotovina is facing extradition to the Hague on war crimes charges after he was arrested on the Spanish island of Tenerife.
Gotovina has been accused by UN prosecutors of atrocities against rebel Serbs in a government offensive in August 1995 during Croatia’s war of independence.
He has been on the run since 2001 when he was first indicted.
Gotovina was detained at a hotel on Tenerife and then flown to Madrid.
The announcement was made by Chief Prosecutor Carla del Ponte.
“I am grateful to Croatia for all the work they have done with us and with the Spanish authorities,” she said.
“And of course I am grateful to the Spanish authorities who worked with us and with Croatia and finally since September we have been working to find Gotovina.”
The EU had made clear Gotovina’s capture was crucial to the former Yugoslav Republic’s chances of joining the bloc.