Crowd gathers for a glimpse of Mladic

31st May 2011, Comments 0 comments

About 200 people gathered outside a prison Tuesday for a glimpse of Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic, due in The Hague to face genocide charges.

"When he arrives and sees the (Bosnian) flag, I hope that he will turn red with shame," 24-year-old Nikita Teodorovic, a Dutchwoman of Bosnian origin, told AFP, draped in the country's blue, yellow and white flag.

The group, which included many journalists and several curious onlookers, gathered outside the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia's (ICTY) detention unit in the seaside suburb of Scheveningen.

The gathering, closely watched by a a handful of police, also included several Serbs sporting their own red, blue and white flag and wearing T-shirts with Mladic's picture.

"This man, he is a hero, he is my second father," one said. "He should not be here, it is a farce."

A Serbian plane carrying Mladic touched down at Rotterdam airport around 1745 GMT, from where he was due to be taken to The Hague and officially transferred into the custody of the ICTY.

The prosecution has charged Mladic, former head of the Bosnian Serb army, with genocide, persecution, extermination, murder, deportation, inhumane acts and cruel treatment for his part in a plot to achieve the "elimination or permanent removal" of Muslims from large parts of Bosnia in pursuit of a "Greater Serbia".

He is accused of masterminding the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys, Europe's worst atrocity since World War II.

He is also charged for the 44-month siege of the capital Sarajevo from May 1992 in which 10,000 people died.

© 2011 AFP

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