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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

War Crime Fugitive Arrested

BELGRADE -- A Serb police general indicted for crimes against humanity for ordering the killings of Kosovo Albanians in the late 1990s was arrested Sunday, putting him on track to The Hague war crimes tribunal.

Vlastimir Djordjevic, believed to have escaped to Russia years ago, was arrested in the coastal resort town of Budva in neighboring Montenegro, said Rasim Ljajic, head of Serbia's council for cooperation with The Hague.

His arrest marks a change of course by Serbia's month-old government after a year of inaction and defiance, raising the question of whether the tribunal's most wanted fugitive, Ratko Mladic, may soon follow him into custody.

Djordjevic was indicted in October 2003 for his role in a brutal Serb crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatist guerrillas in 1998 and 1999.

At least 10,000 civilians, overwhelmingly ethnic Albanians, died in the Kosovo conflict, which ended with the United Nations taking control of the province eight years ago this month.

It is also likely to feed speculation that the net is closing around Mladic, indicted for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims and the 43-month siege of Sarajevo.