Saturday, May 28, 2011

Serbia Justice confirms that Mladic be extradited to Hague Tribunal

Serbia Justice confirmed Friday that the conditions for the war criminal Ratko Mladic is extradited to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). According to a spokeswoman for the court in Belgrade dealing with this case, the charges against former Bosnian Serb military leader of the jurisdiction of The Hague.

With this decision, has begun extradition proceedings that could last a week. Mladic's defense has the right to appeal within three days and the Judicial Council has the same length of time to make a final decision. Meanwhile, the war criminal will remain on the premises of the Court of Belgrade.

The former military commander indicted for genocide and other crimes during the conflict in Bosnia (1992-1995) - was arrested Thursday by police in the village of Lazarevo, where he lived at the home of a relative. The arrest came after nearly 16 years that was issued the warrant for the arrest of Mladic, who will be tried for the slaughter of Srebrenica, which killed about 8,000 Muslims and the brutal siege of Sarajevo, which lasted 43 months.

When the Serbian authorities found him in a farm of his cousin, the former soldier had two loaded guns, not used. "Cooperated and offered no resistance," said Rasim Ljajic, the minister in charge of the search for the fugitives of war. Mladic's poor health, moving slowly and with a slight limp on Wednesday forced to interrupt his interrogation.

His arrest paves the way for Belgrade to enter the European Union, despite the Netherlands-whose "peacekeepers failed to prevent the slaughter of Srebrenica, tries to stop the process of accession.

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