Serbia’s most wanted: Who is Ratko Mladic?
Ratko Mladic, who has been arrested in Serbia, is accused of orchestrating the methodical slaughter of up to 8,000 Muslims from the Bosnian “safe area” of Srebrenica, in the worst massacre in Europe since World War Two. The dead were bulldozed into mass graves over four days.
It was the horrific culmination of a 3-1/2-year conflict in which the beefy general pounded the besieged city of Sarajevo daily with the artillery, tanks, mortars and heavy machineguns of his Bosnian Serb army, killing 10,000.
The alleged goal was “ethnic cleansing” — the forcible expulsion of Bosnian Muslims, Croats and other non-Serbs to clear Bosnian lands for a Greater Serbia.
Photo: General Radko Mladic (C), chief-commander of the Bosnian Serb army as he arrives at Sarajevo’s UN controlled airport on August 6, 1993. (Oleg Popov/Reuters/File)