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June 26, 2022

Serbia judges reject Ratko Mladic extradition appeal

BELGRADE – Serbia’s war crimes court has rejected Ratko Mladic’s appeal against his transfer to the UN tribunal in The Hague to face genocide charges.  The Belgrade court took just hours to make its decision after receiving the appeal papers on Tuesday morning. Mladic’s lawyer posted the appeal on Monday, saying the former Bosnian Serb commander needed medical attention and was too ill to face trial. Doctors who examined him on Friday said he was fit enough to be extradited.  Earlier on Tuesday he was allowed to visit the grave of his daughter Ana, albeit under heavy security. Ana Mladic committed suicide in 1994 aged 23, reportedly shooting herself with her father’s favourite pistol after she read about his alleged crimes in a magazine.

During the 20-minute visit to her grave, Gen Mladic lit a candle and he left a small white bouquet of flowers with a red rose in the middle, said Serbia’s deputy war crimes prosecutor, Bruno Vekaric.

Now the appeal has been rejected, Gen Mladic could be put on a flight to The Hague within hours. From there, he will be flown by helicopter to the detention unit of the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the city’s Scheveningen neighbourhood.

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