Karadzic to fight extradition to The Hague

23rd July 2008, Comments 0 comments

The lawyer of former Bosnian Serb president says he will try to block his extradition to The Hague.

23 July 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - A lawyer representing the former Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadzic says he will try to block his extradition to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

The Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia wants to try him for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Bosnia during the 1990s. His lawyer has appealed against the extradition ordered by a Serbian judge.

Speaking on a Dutch television programme, the lawyer added that Karadzic was relieved that his arrest had taken a lot of pressure off his family.

The European Union has hailed Karadzic's arrest as an important step towards Serbian accession. The European Commission has proposed allowing Belgrade some trade benefits as a reward. EU foreign ministers are encouraging Belgrade to keep cooperating.

The Bosnian-Serb military leader Ratko Mladic is still on the run.
According to the Serbian authorities, Karadzic lived in the capital Belgrade with a false identity working as an alternative doctor in a private clinic. He was arrested on Monday evening in a bus. He had long white hair and a large beard.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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