Timeline of Ratko Mladic's life

AP News
Posted: May 26, 2011 8:11 AM
Timeline of Ratko Mladic's life

Key dates in the life of Gen. Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb army commander charged with genocide and crimes against humanity by the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands:

_ 1942: Born in southeastern Bosnian village of Bozinovci.

_ 1945: His father, a World War II guerrilla fighter, is killed, allegedly by Croat pro-Nazi forces.

_ 1961: Ratko Mladic starts military education.

_ 1992: Having risen through the ranks to become a general, he takes command of newly formed Serb army in Bosnia. Launches siege of Sarajevo; moves to take control of large swath of Bosnia where Serbs established their self-styled rebel republic.

_ 1994: Splits from Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic.

_ 1995: Launches operation to capture U.N.-protected enclave of Srebrenica, allegedly orders massacre of some 8,000 Muslim boys and men in Europe's largest massacre of civilians since World War II. Indicted by U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

_ 1997: Replaced as commander of Bosnian Serb army. Assumes low profile but is often seen in Belgrade and elsewhere in Serbia, where he enjoys protection from the military and the government of President Slobodan Milosevic.

_ 2002: Goes into hiding after Milosevic is ousted. Serbia's new pro-Western authorities revoke his military escort.

_ 2010: Serbia's government increases its reward for the capture Mladic from euro1 million to euro10 million.

_ May 26, 2011: Mladic is arrested in Serbia.