Mladic's Arrest 'An Important Moment' For International Justice

Foreign Secretary William Hague said Mladic's arrest serves as a warning to members of regimes around the world who are considering committing crimes against humanity.

In an article published in the Sun newspaper the Foreign Secretary said: "Ratko Mladic's arrest is historic for the western Balkans and brings the prospect of long-awaited justice for the victims and their families.”

Mr Hague then spoke of his personal experience of dealing with those afftected. He said: “I met some of those families when I visited Srebrenica and spoke with mothers who lost their children in the killings. They told a story of the worst horrors to be committed on European soil since the end of the Second World War. But they also told a story of people who want to see justice done.”

The Foreign Secretary said that with the arrest of Mladic, the quest for that justice came a step closer.

He added: “I hope that his capture brings some relief to the families of those killed.

I also hope it will help the process of reconciliation in the western Balkans and allow all its people to look forward to a stable, secure and prosperous future.

“Serbian President Boris Tadic's commitment to the continuing search for the other remaining fugitive, Goran Hadzic, is welcome and should remain a key priority for the Serbian government.

Mladic's arrest is an important moment for international justice too.

“It serves as a warning to members of regimes around the world who are or may be considering committing crimes against humanity.

“They were reminded yesterday that they will not be able to hide from the long arm of justice. There is no expiry date on such terrible crimes and international justice will pursue them wherever they may be."


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

30 March 2010
First Victims' Commissioner Appointed
Louise Casey has been appointed as the UK's first independent Victims' Commissioner, Justice Secretary Jack Straw announced today. Today's announcement comes as part of a package of reforms designed to improve the support and services available to victims and witnesses.
27 October 2008
Prison Reform Groups 'Must Focus On Victims' Needs'
Prison reform campaigners must focus on the needs of the victims, rather than offenders, the Justice Secretary has said today, in an attack of the "criminal justice lobby". In a speech on prison policy to the Royal Society of Arts, Jack Straw is to call for a rebalancing of criminal justice priorities to give victims a stronger voice.
05 January 2004
'Life' tariff increased for heinous murders
From today, the start of the new legal year, life will mean life for the most heinous murderers.
03 April 2003
Greater trans-Atlantic cooperation on law and order
Following the Home Secretary's visit to the US, the government has revealed new measures signalling a greater degree of trans-Atlantic cooperation over criminal justice and national defence. Earlier today, David Blunkett and the Lord Chancellor Derry Irvine today announced plans to support the development of US-style community courts in Britain.
18 November 2003
Drug addict treatment programme expanded
A scheme to get drug-using criminals into treatment and away from the cycle of crime and drug addiction is being expanded to 36 new areas, the government announced today.