Mladic Could be Extradited to the Hague Monday or Tuesday

World | May 29, 2011, Sunday // 11:42|  views

he picture of 69-year old former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic is seen on the front pages of a local daily newspaper as journalists waiting outside of the Special court for war crimes read today`s Serbian newspaper in Belgrade. EPA/BGNES

Bosnian Serb Gen Ratko Mladic, recently arrested in Serbia, could be extradited to the Hague Monday or Tuesday to the Hague to face charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The report was broken by the Anadolian Agency Sunday, quoting high-ranking sources from the Hague International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Just hours before, Serbian radio B-92 reported that Serbian authorities do not wish to divulge the date of Mladic's extradition out of safety concerns.

Mladic's arrest has provoked the ire of nationalists in Bosnia's Republika Srpska and Serbia proper, with protests scheduled for Sunday, following similar rallies over the past days.

Mladic has been wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia to face charges for war crimes, the central among which involves organizing the infamous Srebrenica massacre in 1995.

Meanwhile, preparations for the trial are going at a full pace at the Hague. The judges appointed for Mladic's trial are Christoph Fluegge from Germany, assisted by Alphons Orie (Netherlands) and Bakone Makoto (RSA).

Justice Fluegge has been branded as "controversial" by some, for having entertained a non-conventional position about what happened in Srebrenica, arguing it cannot be properly described as a genocide.

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Tags: Serbia, Yugoslavia, Ratko Mladic, Republika Srpska, Bosnia, war, war crimes, genocide, Srebrenica, The Hague, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia


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