Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ratko Mladic left his cell to visit the grave of his daughter in Belgrade

Former Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic on Tuesday left for a moment his cell in Belgrade to visit the grave of his daughter in the capital of Serbia, between heavy security, officials said. The deputy prosecutor of Serb war crimes Bruno Vekaric told public broadcaster RTS that operation, considered high risk to safety, was carried out for 20 minutes and was uneventful.

Mladic was taken to the grave in a convoy of police cars and special. The defendant asked in recent days that he be given permission to see the grave of his daughter, who committed suicide at age 23 in 1994. Her family believes she was murdered. Today, Serbia Justice is awaiting an appeal by the defense against the extradition of Mladic to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

Extradition can be a matter of hours. The defense sent the appeal by mail in the afternoon yesterday in a bid to delay extradition. The family of former general denunciation of his poor health and calls for independent medical examinations before being extradited. After the arrival of the use of special department for war crimes in Belgrade Court, a judicial council, according to law, shall within three days to decide.

However, it is considered that the decision will occur soon and that the judicial authority finds that the detainee is able to face extradition. The transfer of Mladic to The Hague is a risky business, so that it has already advanced the Serbian authorities, will be held in secret and only report once finished.

Mladic was arrested last Thursday in a village in northern Serbia, in a cousin's house where he allegedly hid for several years. The former commander of Bosnian Serb military is charged with genocide and other war crimes committed during the Bosnian war (1992-1995).

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