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Key dates in the hunt for Ratko Mladic

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- The arrest in Serbia of Ratko Mladic brought to an end a 16-year manhunt for the highest-profile suspect still at large from the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Here is a timeline of key dates in Mladic's involvement in military action in the former Yugoslavia, his subsequent indictment for war crimes and the efforts to bring him to justice.

1992: After helping found the Serbian Democratic Party in 1990, Bosnian Serb Radovan Karadzic declares a new independent Serbian Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina and proclaims himself president.

Mladic gets command of the Bosnian Serb army. His troops reportedly massacre more than 200,000 Muslims and Croats.

April 23, 1995: The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal names Karadzic and Mladic as suspected war criminals.

July 11, 1995: In what becomes known as the Srebrenica massacre, Karadzic and his army allegedly slaughter between 6,000 and 8,000 Muslims over the course of two days in a supposed U.N. safe area.

July 24, 1995: The U.N. Tribunal indicts both Karadzic and Mladic on several charges, including war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.

November 16, 1995: A second indictment against Karadzic and Mladic brings charges of genocide and crimes against humanity for the Srebrenica massacre.

November 21, 1995: An agreement struck in Dayton, Ohio, gives Serbs half of Bosnia. They are required to cooperate with the U.N. war crimes court.

1997: Karadzic is believed to be in permanent hiding after not being seen for more than a year.

June 28, 2001: Former Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic is handed over to U.N. Tribunal.

July 21, 2008: Karadzic is arrested after more than a decade as a fugitive from war crimes charges.

June 16, 2010: Mladic's family launches court proceedings to have him legally declared dead saying he had been in poor health and there had been no contact with him.

October 28, 2010: Serbia raises its reward for information leading to Mladic's arrest from $1 million to $14 million.

May 26, 2011: Serbian President Boris Tadic announces the arrest of Mladic.

May 27, 2011: A medical team in Serbia determines that Mladic is in good enough shape to be extradited to face a war crimes tribunal.

May 30, 2011: Mladic's lawyer says he has filed an appeal against his client's extradition.

May 31, 2011: Mladic loses the extradition appeal and arrives in the Netherlands to face charges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

 
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