A former Bosnian Serb officer, close aide to Bosnian serb commander General Ratko Mladic, has been arrested. Zdravko Tolimir stands accused of genocide and crimes against humanity for acts committed during the Bosnian war in the early 1990’s, especially in the Muslim enclaves of Srebrenica and Zepa.
Tolimir is believed to have been the chief logistics operative for the fugitive Mladic, who is still wanted by the UN war crimes tribunal in the Hague. While Tolimir is in Banja Luka, awaiting transfer to the Netherlands, Belgrade’s failure to hand over Mladic is blocking closer ties for Serbia with the European Union.
The EU has said those talks can only resume if Serbia arrests the remaining fugitives. It believes Mladic, accused of killing 8000 Muslims in Srebrenica, is in hiding in the country aided by police and army hardliners.