The chief prosecutor of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has hailed the arrest of fugitive genocide suspect Gen. Ratko Mladic as an important day for victims of atrocities in Bosnia and for international justice.

Serge Brammertz says that justice for victims of Mladic's alleged crimes in Bosnia "is long overdue."

Brammertz says in a statement Thursday that the victims "endured unimaginable horrors -- including the genocide in Srebrenica."

He added that the former Bosnian Serb military chief's arrest underscores that war crimes suspects "can no longer count on impunity."

Mladic, Europe's most wanted war crimes suspect, was arrested Thursday in Serbia after years in hiding, the country's president Boris Tadic announced.

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