Top level official denials have failed to quash rumours suggesting that Ratko Mladic has been arrested . Both the Serbian Government and EU officials have said there is no indication that the former Bosnian Serb Army General has been apprehended.
A fugitive for ten years, Mladic is wanted by the International Tribunal in The Hague for war crimes. It has been reported in Belgrade that he has been cornered and is being talked into surrendering.
Mladic, 63, was the leader of the Bosnian Serb Army under Radovan Karadzic during the country’s war of 1992 to 1995.
He is wanted in connection with the 1995 massacre of 7,500 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, as well as the deaths of at least 10,000 during the siege of Sarajevo.
There is international pressure for Mladic to be brought to justice. A report is due at the end of this month on the extent of Serbia’s co-operation with the International War Crimes Tribunal. The EU has also warned Belgrade that its eventual membership could be put at risk if Mladic is not handed over along with former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic.