Mladić, Ratko

Ratko Mladić was appointed Commander of the Main Staff of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS) on 12 May 1992 and promoted to the rank of General Colonel on 24 June 1994. He continued to hold this position until at least 22 December 1996.

Mladić has been indicted for genocide and complicity in genocide committed in the areas of Banja Luka, Bosanska Krupa, Bratunac, Ključ, Kotor Varoš, Prijedor, Sanski Most, Vlasenica, Zvornik and, most notoriously, in Srebrenica. In the Amended Indictment of 10 October 2002, it is alleged that between 12 July and 20 July 1995, thousands of Bosnian Muslim men were captured by Bosnian Serb forces under the command and control of General Ratko Mladić. Over 7,000 Bosnian Muslim prisoners captured in the area around Srebrenica were summarily executed from 13 July to 19 July 1995.

Ratko Mladić has additionally been charged with violations of the laws or customs of war and crimes against humanity, including executions, extermination and murder, deportation, inhuman acts and the taking of hostages.

On 10 May 2010 the Prosecution proposed an amended indictment against Ratko Mladic and urged Serbia and the international community to take all necessary measures to secure his arrest.

On 26 May 2011 Ratko Mladic was arrested by Serbian special forces in the village of Lazarevo, 50 kilometers north of Belgrade.

After a Serbian court rejected an appeal against his extradition, Mladic was transferred to the custody of the ICTY in the Hague on 31 May 2011.

Mladic made his first appearance before the Tribunal on 3 June 2011 and a further appearance on 4 July 2011. He refused to enter a plea and Presiding Judge Orie entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf, in accordance with the Tribunal's Rules of Procedure.

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