Obama hails European war crimes suspect's arrest

AP News
Posted: May 26, 2011 1:07 PM
Obama hails European war crimes suspect's arrest

President Barack Obama says the arrest of Ratko Mladic (RAHT'-koh MLAH'-dich), Europe's most wanted war crimes suspect, is an important day for the families of his victims.

In a statement released from France, where he is attending an international summit, Obama said Mladic now must to answer to his victims and the world in a court of law.

Obama said the U.S. has long viewed justice for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide as a moral imperative and an important component of peace and stability. He says anyone who has committed such crimes will not escape judgment.

Mladic has been on the run since his indictment in 1995 by the U.N. war crimes tribunal for genocide in the slaughter of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war.