Police arrest man believed to be Serbian military commander Ratko Mladic
Ratko Mladic is seen in Sarajevo in this February 1994 photo.
May 26th, 2011
06:29 AM ET

Police arrest man believed to be Serbian military commander Ratko Mladic

Police in Serbia have arrested a man suspected of being former Serbian military commander Ratko Mladic, the highest-ranking war crimes suspect still at large from the Balkan wars of the 1990s, Serbia's B92 radio reported Thursday.

Police are doing DNA tests on the man to determine if he is Mladic, the radio station reported, citing a leading Croatian newspaper. The radio station said it "contacted the police, but was told only that an indentity check and DNA analysis were 'ongoing.'"

CNN has not confirmed the report, but Serbian President Boris Tadic's office announced a surprise press conference for Thursday afternoon, shortly after the reports first appeared.

Mladic is wanted on charges of genocide, extermination and murder, among other charges, by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

The tribunal accuses him of "direct involvement in the genocide committed after the fall of Srebrenica in July 1995," and the killing of "close to 8,000 men and boys following the fall of this enclave."

The massacre of the Muslim men and boys is thought to be the largest individual slaughter in Europe since the end of World War II.

Mladic has been on the run since the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina ended in 1995.

His former boss, Radovan Karadzic, was arrested in July 2008 and is now on trial in The Hague.

Slobodan Milosevic, who was president of Yugoslavia during the conflict, was toppled in 2000 and put on trial at The Hague. He died in jail before the trial came to an end.

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  1. NO HAMMED

    LALALALALALALALA SQUISH. What is this ? A muslim getting run over by a M1 Abrams battle tank ! YES ! : ) πŸ™‚

    May 26, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • LesMiserables

      Oh you made a little joke, good for you! Too bad Islam is the fastest growing religions in the world and pretty soon one of your loved ones will be a Muslim too! Have a great day!

      May 26, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. CSnSC

    Modern warfare: winner goes to prison ? @joey what are you, 8 ?

    May 26, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Canadian Genius

    Apparently it took this long to find him because his face just recently popped up from behind his collar.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David DellaMonica

    Today as in the 1930s people try to be politically correct they said that Hitler was a great leader for Germany. Well America wake up we are at war with terrorists So if Pakistan does not give up all the terrorist that are hiding in there country. We should Embrace the people of India Because the enemy of are enemy are our friends.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RattkoMladic

    Warwho Youngman – Ratko Mladic

    translate in english πŸ™‚

    May 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rat Co

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    RATCO!

    May 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      I just did. Something about upgrading British Sportscars. Nothing about rats.

      May 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andreas Moser

    We got him!

    May 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      The tragedy here is that they need to get Barack Obama,Dick Cheney,George W.Bush,Robert Gates,etc. These rats killed far more people than did Ratko Mladic and sadly enough,they're still free and worst of all,Obama is still President and has nothing to fear from the ICC!!!

      May 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TACO JOE

    Rats a re miiiighty delicious. Especially in tacos ! YUMMMAROOO !

    May 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TACO JOE

    IM sorry for stirring up LesMIserables. I was just being a troll. Muslim people and all people are ok. My opinion doesnt really matter but the guy that caused the death of over 6000 people is a nut. A monster.

    May 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • LesMiserables

      I appreciate it Taco Joe πŸ˜‰

      May 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    If indeed this is him, he will be tried in The Hague. As it should be.
    What has been done to both sides is monstrous.

    @gill: re-read Roko's comment.
    I think he meant even if Mladic killed 9000 dogs, it would still be a crime, but Mladic killed 9000 *humans*. Meaning it's a bigger crime.
    I'm curious: would it be a bigger crime to you if he *were* talking about dogs?

    May 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RuffNutt

    Good post Joey,thank you.

    May 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Beach Blanket Lingo

    @Fakes:
    The real tragedy is that you keep injecting your bs into every thread, using stolen names.
    Answer this: what do you really thing of Mladic being captured? And do not bring any American politican into it. Do you have an opinion that doesn't have to do with your twisted view of our gov't? Answer, please.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
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