Captured Mladic in Serbian court

Posted by MAXIMEY on 27. May 2011

<p>Authorities want to extradite the former Bosnian Serb army chief to the war crimes tribunal in The Hague.<br /><br />He faces accusations including a genocide charge over the killing of about 7,500 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995.<br /><br />The hearing was halted pending a medical examination, his lawyers said. Court officials believe he will appeal. <br /><br /></p> <p>The whole process is expected to take a week.</p> <p>Following the arrest of Radovan Karadzic in 2008, Gen Mladic became the most prominent Bosnian war crimes suspect at large.</p> <p><br />Serbia had been under intense international pressure to arrest him and send him to the UN International Criminal Tribunal to the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.<br /><br />Serbian TV showed footage of Gen Mladic wearing a baseball cap and walking slowly as he appeared in court in Belgrade.<br /><br />His lawyer, Milos Saljic, told reporters the judge had attempted to question Gen Mladic but the suspect was in a "difficult psychological and physical condition", and was unable to communicate.<br /><br />The hearing is expected to be resumed on Friday, reports say.<br /><br />Gen Mladic asserts that he does not recognise the authority of the UN war-crimes tribunal, Mr Saljic added.<br /><br />The BBC's Mark Lowen in Belgrade says the Serbian government will be keen for Gen Mladic to be extradited quickly, hoping that his departure might prevent further protests by Serb nationalists who still see him as a defender of the Serbian people.<span></span></p> <p><span><img src="" alt="" width="640" height="360" /></span></p> <p><span>President Boris Tadic said Gen Mladic's arrest on Thursday had brought Serbia and the region closer to reconciliation, and opened the doors to European Union membership.<br /><br />Mr Tadic rejected criticism that Serbia had been reluctant to seize Gen Mladic.<br /><br />"We have been co-operating with the Hague tribunal fully from the beginning of the mandate of this government," he said.<br /><br />A spokeswoman for families of Srebrenica victims, Hajra Catic, told AFP news agency: "After 16 years of waiting, for us, the victims' families, this is a relief."</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p>


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