Friday, May 27, 2011

Ratko Mladic appears before a Belgrade court in poor physical condition

The war criminal Ratko Mladic, was arrested Thursday in Serbia, there is still the way to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. A prosecution spokesman Serban, Bruno Vekaric, said the extradition process includes an appeal period of three days. Earlier, Serbian state television RTS reported that the former Serb general was already on board a special flight on the way to the headquarters of the ICTY.

Mladic was arrested in the village of Lazarevo, north of Belgrade, where he lived with family members. Weighed on him international arrest warrant since 1995. The ICTY charged him with genocide and responsible for the slaughter in Srebrenica, where 8,000 men were killed and young Muslims.

Mladic, 69, is currently in the Special Court for war crimes in the capital sorb. "It's in pretty bad physical condition," judicial sources said told reporters. He is a man "very pale", which shows that "not get out much," said Rasim Ljajic, chairman of Serbia for Cooperation with the Hague Tribunal.

The local press says that the 'Butcher of Srebrenica "has aged a lot and can barely move an arm as a result of a disease. In fact, the appearance of Mladic was halted due to poor health of the accused. This Friday, a doctor will decide if the Bosnian Serb war criminal can continue to interrogatiorio, according to its lawyer, Milos Saljic.

Mladic was the most wanted of the wars in former Yugoslavia. His capture and extradition was a crucial condition for Belgrade this year could become a candidate for European Union (EU). "Today we completed a difficult period of our recent history, we have removed the stain of the citizens of Serbia", said to the press President Boris Tadic.

Mladic, former military commander of the Bosnian Serbs did not object to his arrest, he was not disguised, nor beard, as was the case of former political leader Radovan Karadzic, captured in July 2008 in Belgrade. The process of extradition to the ICTY could last about seven days, according to Serbian law, although it is not currently possible to determine the exact date to be issued.

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