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Catch Mladic, urges top international prosecutor

Catch Mladic, urges top international prosecutor
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Pressure has been stepped up on Serbia to do more to track down the Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic.

It comes from the chief prosecutor at the international criminal court for the former Yugoslavia.

The capture of Mladic is a key requirement if Serbia is ever to join the European Union.

Serge Brammertz, the ICTY’s Chief Prosecutor, told the UN Security Council: “Serbia holds the key to arresting Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic. These fugitives can be brought to justice if all relevant actors are sufficiently committed and effectively work together to bring it about.

“The failure to arrest Mladic and Hadzic impedes reconciliation in the region and damages the credibility of the international legal system as a whole,” he said.

Mladic, a former Bosnian Serb military commander, is accused of genocide over the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslims in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, as well as the siege of Sarajevo.