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Ratko Mladic, the 'butcher of Bosnia', photographed after his arrest

Ratko Mladic, Europe's most wanted war criminal, was arrested on Thursday in a northern Serbian village after 16 years on the run. This photograph, which has just been released by Reuters, was taken after his arrest.

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Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic in seen in a photo taken in Belgrade, Serbia on May 26. Mladic was arrested in Serbia on May 26 after years on the run from international genocide charges, opening the way for the once-pariah state to approach the European mainstream.

Serbian President Boris Tadic hopes that Mladic's arrest will clear the way for the former pariah state to join the European Union.

"This removes a heavy burden from Serbia and closes a page of our unfortunate history," Tadic said.

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The words "Ratko Hero" are hung on a sign at the entrance to the village of Lazarevo, where Mladic was arrested on May 26.

Many Serbs, though, still view Mladic as a hero.

In the village of Lazarevo, where Mladic was arrested yesterday morning, around 150 people joined a demonstration in support of the former general. The Guardian's Kevin Burden describes the scene.

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Some 150 pro-Mladic villagers protest in the village of Lazarevo after his arrest there on May 26.

Read more in our story about developments today in the extradition process and in Robert Windrem's special report on how the U.S. backed off in the hunt for Mladic in the late 1990s.