Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Appeal Fails; Mladic Extradited to The Hague

Accused Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Gen. Ratko MLadic is now in a jail not far from The Hague, where he will stand trial on charges of genocide "and a multitude of crimes" for the mass murder of more than 6,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995, it was announced today.

"Ratko Mladic was today transferred to the Tribunal’s custody, after having been at large for almost 16 years. Mladic, who was arrested by Serbian authorities on Thursday, 26 May 2011, has been admitted to the UN Detention Unit in The Hague," the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia said in a statement.

"His initial appearance will be announced in due course," the statement said.

Mladic, 69, claimed his health is failing, but Serbia's war crimes court rejected that plea earlier today and denied his final appeal against extradition to The Hague.

"The UN Detention Unit where Mladić is detained meets the highest international standards for the treatment of detainees. It is managed in a manner respecting the detainees’ dignity and rights, and providing all the necessary conditions for the preparation of their defense," the tribunal said.

"Following a full medical examination by the Detention Unit’s medical staff, Mladić’s health will be continuously monitored and any treatment required will be provided," the court added.

Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic is already on trial at The Hague.

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