Mladić wartime aide Tolimir arrested

B92 has learned that General Zdravko Tolimir, number three on the Hague fugitive list, has been arrested.

Source: B92, FoNet

Aleksandra Milenov of the Hague Tribunal’s Belgrade office has confirmed the arrest. Earlier, Serbia’s National Council for Cooperation with the Hague Tribunal president Rasim Ljajić said that one of the indictees had been detained, without identifying him.

Reports indicate that the arrest came as a result of a joint operation staged by Serbian and Republic of Srpska (RS) police forces.

Tolimir was arrested in Bosnia, near the border with between Serbia, at 2:45 p.m Thursday.

The former Bosnian Serb Army (VRS) general has been indicted by the ICTY in February 2005, along with Milan Gvero and Radivoje Miletić, for the crimes commited against Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica and Žepa during the  1992-1995 war in that country.

Tolimir tops the list of the Tribunal’s most wanted indictees still at large, right behind Ratko Mladić and Radovan Karadžić.

Tolimir was one of Mladić’s most trusted wartime aides, in charge of VRS chief of staff intelligence operations. He is believed to be the main organizer of the current network of Mladić helpers.

Unofficial information obtained so far shows that Tolimir is currently held in the RS MUP building in Banja Luka.

Bosnian Serb entity’s Hague cooperation coordinator Jovan Spaić and the Tribunal’s representatives arrived at the seat of the RS police a little after six o’clock this evening.

Of the 161 persons indicted by the Hague Tribunal, six remain at large until today: Ratko Mladić, Radovan Karadžić, Goran Hadžić, Vlastimir Đorđević, Zdravko Tolimir and Stojan Župljanin.

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