Serbian court rules Mladic fit to stand trial

27th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic is fit enough to be extradited to the United Nations war crimes tribunal, a judge at a special Serbian war crimes court has ruled, but the ex-general is going to appeal.

The court’s decision on Friday defies a message conveyed by Mladic’s son, that the general is “physically not in a condition to travel and stand trial in The Hague”. Darko Mladic added that his 69-year-old father does not consider himself guilty of the crimes he is charged with.

An earlier hearing on Thursday in Belgrade by an investigative judge was adjourned because Mladic appeared to be in very bad shape and was not speaking coherently. It was the first time in years that family members met up with Mladic.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia accuses Mladic of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes during the 1995 massacre of some 7,500 Muslim men and boys by in the UN-protected Srebrenica enclave in eastern Bosnia – the worst single atrocity in Europe since World War II.

The former general is also wanted in connection with the four-year siege of Sarajevo.

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