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Serbia must do more to arrest war crimes fugitives: ICTY chief prosecutor

[JURIST] Serbia is not doing enough to cooperate with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website], ICTY Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz said Thursday. Brammertz said he was especially concerned with Serbia's inability to find and capture four fugitives wanted in connection with the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC timeline, JURIST news archive], including alleged Srebrenica masterminds Ratko Mladic [BBC profile; ICTY indictment] and Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile; ICTY indictment]. He also noted that the lack of satisfactory cooperation is hurting the country's efforts to join the European Union. Reuters has more.

Brammertz took over the court's leadership in January, saying that he would continue his predecessor's tough stance on Serbian cooperation [JURIST report] with the tribunal. Former chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte [JURIST news archive] had long criticized Serbia for its apparent reluctance to cooperate with the ICTY. The EU has made Serbia's cooperation with the ICTY a key element of its membership negotiations [EU accession materials].

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