Picture: REUTERS/Oleg Popov:- A young protester holds an image of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic during a mass rally in Belgrade.
BY BORIS BABIC
The noose may be tightening around former Yugoslavia’s most wanted war crime suspect, Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic, but the view of many people is that he won’t let himself be captured alive.
the general’s nephew, Goran Mladic says “I’m sure he would never surrender alive, because if he had wanted to, he would have already turned himself in”. “Even if they come close, he would not be caught alive, that I can guarantee.”
Mladic, 66, is wanted since 1995 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to face charges of genocide and other crimes his forces allegedly committed against Muslims and Croats in the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.
He is held responsible for atrocities such as the slaughter of 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica and the shelling and sniping campaigns targeting civilians in Sarajevo.
Mladic remained at large after Slobodan Milosevic’s regime fell in 2000, and Belgrade’s failure to fully comply with ICTY frequently blocked Serbia in international relations. Yet, in his interview with daily Press, nephew Goran urged him to “never surrender.”
The arrest of all ICTY fugitives was long ago laid out as the crucial condition for Serbia’s advance along the path to European Union membership and other closer integration with Europe.