EU deadline for Serbia to deliver Mladic passes with no arrest

[JURIST] A European Union-imposed deadline [JURIST report] for Serbia to turn over war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive] passed Sunday with no arrest of the former general. EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn [official website] said last week that the EU would have "no other option than to call off the next round of negotiations" if Mladic was not turned over within days, but reports Sunday indicated that Rehn would extend the deadline [EuroNews report] until May 3.

Mladic has been indicted [text] by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes stemming from the execution of over 7,000 Muslim prisoners and the shelling and sniping of innocent civilians during the siege of Sarajevo. The EU has made Serbia's cooperation in turning over Mladic and other war crimes fugitives, including former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case backgrounder], a condition of continuing membership talks. BBC News has more.

 

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