ZELJKO IVANOVIC IN CUSTODY, ARRESTED IN PALE
The State Protection and Investigation Agency (SIPA) arrested Zeljko Ivanovic - an indicted Bosnian Serb war criminal and a fugitive from justice who took part in the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide - on Wednesday and handed him over to the Prosecutor's Office. According to the State Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Zeljko "Arkan" Ivanovic was arrested in Pale - the seat of the Bosnian Serb wartime president Radovan Karadzic.
Karadzic is currently on trial for genocide at the U.N.-based International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (see photo of a "Serb hero" who is facing justice frightened and with tears in his eyes).
Prosecutors allege Zeljko Ivanovic (DOB: 11/20/1972) had participated in the execution of Bosniak Muslim men and boys in a warehouse Kravica near Srebrenica. More than 1,000 Bosniaks were shot dead there on July 13, 1995.
With regards to Kravica executions, our readers may recall that another Bosnian Serb war criminal, Nedjo Ikonic, was recently arrested in the U.S. and sentenced to 1 year in prison for lying about his background. He is expected to be deported to face Srebrenica genocide trial in Bosnia-Herzegovina as soon as he is released from the U.S. prison. Men under Ikonic's command actively participated in mass executions in a warehouse Kravica.
Srebrenica massacre was the worst act of genocide in Europe since World War II. From 1992-1995, Serbs in villages around Srebrenica had brutally terrorized Bosniak Muslim population of Srebrenica in the most horrific ways. To view photos of Serb terror around Srebrenica click here.
The massacre was recognized as Genocide by the U.N.-based International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and subsequently by the International Court of Justice (World Court) at the Hague.
Bosnian Serb forces - commanded by General Ratko Mladic - slaughtered more than 8,000 Bosniak men, children, and elderly, as well as forcibly deported (ethnically cleansed) about 25,000 people from the enclave, after the town, which was a United Nations protected safe zone, fell into their hands in July 1995. To bring General Mladic to justice, the United States Government is offering a reward of $5 million for information leading to his arrest. To claim reward, click here. Also read about creative ways Serbia is using to prevent General Mladic's capture; in 2008, Serbia destroyed Ratko Mladic's fingerprints from Serbian police files. General Mladic is still on the run 14 years after he was indicted for the Srebrenica genocide.