9. July 2008.

Serbia Pledges (AGAIN) To Arrest War Criminals

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(RTTNews) – Serbia’s new justice minister Snezana Malovic on Wednesday pledged to fulfill the country’s international obligations by hunting down the war crimes fugitives wanted by the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

Malovic said during a public discussion on war crimes on Wednesday that the arrests of Gen. Ratko Mladic, former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic and former Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadzic was a “priority” for the new government.

Mladic and Karadzic have been indicted by the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague, for the massacre of some 8,000 Muslims from Srebrenica in July 1995. But they have not been arrested yet as previous Serbian governments were not able to locate them

Their arrests are a “necessity, the need and the only way to protect basic human values,” Malovic said, adding that it is the only way Serbia can “become an equal member of the international community.”

However, Malovic also raised concerns about the ICC’s handling of the cases against Serbs and criticized the tribunal for the acquittal of former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj.

“Certain messages coming from the Tribunal are concerning, and give the impression that politics is stronger than justice for the victims,” Malovic said.

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