Mladic To Be Sent To The Hague For Trial

The man most wanted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal, a fugitive on the run for 16 years, Ratko Mladic has been arrested. Serbian president Boris Tadic announced the Serbian Intelligence Agency had found Mladic in the north of the country. There, he's said to have assumed another identity. Now, Mladic will be sent to The Hague in the Netherlands to await trial.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

And I'm Michele Norris.

Today, in Serbia, the man most-wanted by U.N. war crimes tribunal, a fugitive for 16 years, was escorted into a courtroom in Belgrade. Ratko Mladic was arrested early this morning.

SIEGEL: During the war that tore apart the former Yugoslavia, Mladic ran the Bosnian-Serb army. He was indicted for genocide by the U.N. tribunal in 1995 for the single-worst atrocity in Europe since World War II. Eight thousand Bosnian Muslims were massacred in Srebrenica. Mladic also faces war crimes charges for his conduct throughout the conflict.

NORRIS: Today, Serbian president Boris Tadic announced the arrest. He said the Serbian Intelligence Agency had found Mladic in a village in northern Serbia. The former general had assumed another identity. Tadic said he will be extradited to the Hague to await trial.

President BORIS TADIC (Serbia): Today, we close one chapter of our recent history that will bring us one step closer to full reconciliation in the region. I believe that every other country must be responsible for closing their own chapters. All crimes have to be fully investigated and all war criminals must face justice.

SIEGEL: President Obama, who's in France today, issued a statement there applauding the Serbian government. He finished with this: may the families of Mladic's victims find some solace in today's arrest and may this deepen the ties among the people of the region.

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