Mladic "extremely co-operative": UN court registrar

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Wartime Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic was "extremely cooperative" on arrival in the Netherlands to face genocide and war crimes charges, the registrar of the court due to try him said Wednesday.

"He was extremely co-operative," John Hocking told journalists at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, before which Mladic will appear Friday following his arrest and transfer by Serbia.

"We had no problem understanding each other," he added.

Hocking said rules governing the UN detention unit -- located in a Dutch prison in the seaside suburb of Scheveningen -- were explained to Mladic on arrival, including how to make phone calls and receive visits.

"This proceeded very smoothly," he said.

The detention unit is divided into several floors, with around a dozen prisoners per floor.

"The best place for Mr Mladic will be chosen in the next few days," Hocking said but added: "There is no question at this stage that he will be segregated."

Mladic was undergoing routine tests, the registrar noted, but would not elaborate on the newcomer's medical condition.

"Their medical condition is a personal matter," he said.

Mladic faces 11 charges including persecution, extermination and murder, deportation, inhumane acts, unlawfully inflicting terror on civilians and taking of hostages.

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 over the 44-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo from May 1992 in which 10,000 people died.

© 2011 AFP

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