Serbia Extradites Ratko Mladic to Hague Tribunal

World | May 31, 2011, Tuesday // 19:05|  views

The police motorcade caring former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic (white vehicle) to face genocide charges at the UN war crimes tribunal, near Belgrade airport, in Belgrade, Serbia, 31 May 2011. EPA/BGNES

Serbia has sent Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic, the most wanted war crimes suspect in the world after World War II, to be tried in the Hague Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Mladic was put on a plane to The Hague late on Tuesday, with Snezana Malovic, Serbia's Justice Minister, announcing that the process of extraditing the former commander of Bosnian Serb military forces to the UN war crimes tribunal "has started", as cited by international media.

The extradition comes after Mladic's appeal against it was rejected by a Serbian court. Mladic is charged at the tribunal for atrocities committed by his Serb troops during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war, including the Srebrenica massacre that left 8 000 Muslim men and boys dead.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mladic was taken in a secret high-security convoy to a cemetery where he lit a candle for his daughter, Ana, who killed herself during the Bosnian War in 1994 with her father's gun. The 23-year-old medical student reportedly took her life because of her father's role in the war.

"We didn't announce his visit to the grave because it is his private thing and because it represented a security risk. The whole operation lasted for exactly 22 minutes and passed without a glitch. He was at the grave for a few minutes," Serbia's Deputy War Crimes Prosecutor announced.

Mladic was arrested last Thursday in a village north of the Serbian capital after 16 years on the run. He is expected to be handed to the UN Tribunal in The Hague late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning.

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