MITROVICA/BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbian police and NATO troops reinforced checkpoints on both sides of the Kosovo border on Thursday to deter further ethnic violence after a frontier post was burned down and a policeman killed.
“We will prevent extremists from Serbia going to Kosovo, we will aid international peacekeepers there in any way we can,” Serbian police chief Milorad Veljovic told Reuters.
PRISTINA/BELGRADE (Reuters) – A deadly flare-up of violence in Kosovo’s Serbian-populated north has sent tensions with Belgrade soaring and prompted a stern intervention from the European Union.
Kosovo, which has a 90 percent ethnic Albanian majority, sent special police units on Monday to take control of northern border crossings and enforce a ban on imports from Serbia — retaliation for its block on Kosovo’s exports.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Desperate for cash after years on the run, Goran Hadzic tried to sell a stolen painting believed to be a Modigliani and supplied the vital clue for capturing the last major Yugoslav war crimes fugitive.
Serbia’s president announced the arrest of Hadzic, a Croatian Serb wartime leader indicted for crimes against humanity during the 1991-95 Croatian war, Wednesday.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s last major war crimes fugitive, a Croatian Serb wartime leader indicted for crimes against humanity during the 1991-95 Croatian war, has been arrested, a Serbian official told Reuters on Wednesday.
Goran Hadzic, 52, was a key figure in the breakaway Krajina Serb republic in Croatia, and after the arrest of wartime General Ratko Mladic earlier this year, he was Serbia’s last remaining figure sought by the United Nations war crime tribunal in The Hague.
THE HAGUE/BELGRADE (Reuters) – Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic was extradited to the Netherlands on Tuesday to face genocide charges at the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague after 16 years on the run.
The 69-year-old arrived in Rotterdam on a Serbian government jet on Tuesday evening. After 90 minutes at the airport, where he was kept out of sight of the media, Mladic was transferred by helicopter to the tribunal’s detention centre near The Hague.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia extradited most-wanted war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic on Tuesday after he lost his final legal appeal, removing a nationalist icon whose years on the run hindered Serbian progress towards EU membership.
Serbia’s war crimes court rejected an appeal from his lawyer that poor health should stop the former general’s extradition to the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, where ex-Bosnian Serb wartime political leader Radovan Karadzic is already on trial.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s war crimes court rejected an appeal against the extradition of Ratko Mladic on Tuesday, opening the way for the former Bosnian Serb general’s dispatch to The Hague to stand trial, a spokeswoman said.
Earlier in the day, Serbian officials said Mladic could be sent to the international criminal court within 24 hours, making a late night Tuesday or early Wednesday departure most likely.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Accused war criminal Ratko Mladic may be sent to The Hague in the next 24 hours, Serbian officials said on Tuesday, after he was allowed to go to his daughter’s grave and his grandchildren visited prison.
Authorities paved the way for what may be the former Bosnian Serb general’s last day in Serbia by escorting him early on Tuesday to the Belgrade grave of his daughter Ana, who committed suicide in 1994.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbian nationalists attacked police in Belgrade on Sunday at a rally where about 10,000 protesters demanded President Boris Tadic and his government quit over the arrest of Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic.
Mladic, indicted for genocide in the 43-month siege of Sarajevo and the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, was found on Thursday in a village 100 km (60 miles) northeast of Belgrade after 16 years on the run.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Thousands of Serbian nationalists gathered in Belgrade and in Bosnia on Sunday to protest against the arrest of Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic, with many calling him a hero.
Supporters of the ultranationalist Serbian Radical Party and other similar organizations were brought by bus from across the country for an evening rally in the Serbian capital.