Mladic's wife charged in Serbia

The arrest of Mladic, Bosnian Serb military commander during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, is a precondition for Serbia's progress towards European Union membership.

Mladic's wife charged in Serbia

Serbian police briefly detained the wife of the country's most wanted war crimes suspect, Ratko Mladic, and charged her with illegal possession of weapons, a lawyer said on Wednesday.

Authorities are hoping that pressure on Mladic's family may help lead to his eventual arrest. Mladic was indicted 15 years ago for genocide in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and the 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo.

The arrest of Mladic, Bosnian Serb military commander during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, is a precondition for Serbia's progress towards European Union membership.

"Bosiljka Mladic was taken for questioning on Tuesday and the investigative judge filed charges for illegal posession of weapons found in their family home in late 2008," Milos Saljic, the Mladic family lawyer, told Reuters.

Claiming no contact with Mladic for more than five years and that he had been in poor health, his family last month said it would file a motion to have him legally declared dead.

If Mladic were declared dead, his wife and son Darko would be able to collect a state pension, which has been frozen for more than three years, or sell his property.

A state security official, who asked not to be named, said Mladic's family was using the legal motion as a form of "intelligence gathering".

"Under the law, the state will have to present evidence that the person is alive. And if we do that, the family will figure out how much we know," he said.

Lawyer Saljic said Bosiljka Mladic denied knowledge of a hunting rifle, a submachine gun and several pistols found during a 2008 raid on the family home in a southern Belgrade neighbourhood.

Under Serbian law, she faces between one and eight years in jail if convicted of illegal possession.


Reuters

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