The arrest of alleged war criminal Ratko Mladic is a major step towards justice, Amnesty International said today as the Bosnian Serb former general was flown to The Hague to face trial on genocide charges.
Ratko Mladic was indicted by International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 1995 including his alleged role in the killing of around 8,000 men and boys in Srebrenica.
He is also accused of responsibility for the shelling and sniping of Sarajevo by Bosnian Serb forces, which resulted in the death and injury of thousands of civilians.
Charges against the former Bosnian Serb general also include complicity in genocide, persecutions, extermination and murder, deportation and inhumane acts, unlawfully inflicting terror upon civilians, murder, cruel treatment, attacks on civilians and the taking of hostages.
Mladic was arrested in Vojvodina, a northern province of Serbia in the early hours of Thursday morning.