Serbian leaders 'knew Mladic whereabouts'

A witness at the trial of alleged helpers of top UN war crimes suspect, Ratko Mladic, testified today that Serbia’s top leaders were aware of the fugitive general’s whereabouts until mid 2002.

A witness at the trial of alleged helpers of top UN war crimes suspect, Ratko Mladic, testified today that Serbia’s top leaders were aware of the fugitive general’s whereabouts until mid 2002.

Retired military intelligence officer, Srboljub Nikolic, told the judges at a Belgrade court, that the government leaders had tried to negotiate Mladic’s surrender, and even offered him to change his identity and leave the country.

“At least 500 senior army commanders, as well as politicians and other government representatives” had known that Mladic was living in the army barracks in Serbia until 2002, Nikolic said.

The testimony backs up allegations frequently made by the officials at the UN court in The Hague, Netherlands, that Serbian leaders knew where Mladic was hiding, but did nothing to apprehend him.

Mladic is sought on genocide charges for the massacre of 8,000 Muslims from Srebrenica in 1995, and other atrocities of Bosnia’s 1992-95 war.

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