Belgrade | 18 February 2010 | Bojana Barlovac
Chief UN War Crimes Prosecutor Serge Brammertz said that if ICTY indictee Ratko Mladic is not arrested by the time the court’s mandate ends, the UN will develop a mechanism that will allow a trial to be held.
In an interview with the online edition of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Brammertz said that he “maintains optimism that Mladic will be arrested before the Tribunal closes its doors.”
The former Bosnian Serb military leader, Ratko Mladic, has been indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, for genocide committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. Following the arrest of former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic in July 2008, Mladic and the former head of the breakaway Croatian Serb republic, Goran Hadzic, are the two remaining fugitives still on the run.
Brammertz also said that there is a possibility that Mladic’s trial could be joined with Karadzic’s ongoing trial if Mladic is arrested soon. He added, however, that the group of people supporting and aiding the Hague fugitive is not the same group that was helping Karadzic hide.
“On the basis of information received from Serbia we have no reason to believe that they [Mladic and Hadzic] are not in Serbia,” Brammertz told the European Parliament.
Serbia’s War Crimes Prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic said recently that the Serbian security services are constantly working to locate and arrest the remaining fugitives wanted for war crimes – Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic.
“Search actions are intensive and held on a daily basis, and security services are working at full capacity and in excellent coordination,” daily Danas quoted Vukcevic as saying.