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  Ratko Mladic arrested in Serbia, president says
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Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  May 26, 2011 09:29am
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News DateThursday, May 26, 2011 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBELGRADE, Serbia — Serbian authorities on Thursday arrested Gen. Ratko Mladic, the brutal Bosnian Serb general suspected of leading the bloody massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys, the country's president said.

The arrest 16 years after Mladic was indicted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal for genocide, could be a jolt for Serbia's lagging efforts to join the European Union. The country has been under intense pressure from the international community to catch Europe's most wanted war crimes suspect and the EU has insisted on his arrest as a condition for its membership bid.

Mladic is charged in worst massacre in Europe since World War II and in and other crimes committed during Bosnia's 1992-95 war. The general personally led his troops in the bloody Serb onslaught against the U.N.-protected Srebrenica enclave in Bosnia, cementing his reputation as a cold and ruthless killer.

Just hours before the massacre, Mladic handed out candy to Muslim children in the town's square, assuring them everything would be fine and patting one child on the head. Then the shootings began and the bodies of the victims were bulldozed into mass graves.
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