Dutch judge to hear case against Mladic

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Dutchman Alphons Orie is one of the three judges who will hear the case against former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic at the Yugoslavia Tribunal in The Hague.

The other two judges will be German Christoph Flügge and South African Bakone Justice Moloto.

Mr Orie was also one of the judges in the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic in 2008 but he was taken off the case after Karadzic protested that Mr Orie was biased because he had previously convicted other Bosnian Serbs in connection with the same crimes. Officially the Dutchman was taken off the case for “practical reasons”.

Quick extradition Mladic will face charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity at the UN tribunal. It is thought his extradition could be arranged within seven days. A court in the Serbian capital Belgrade ruled on Friday that Mladic is fit to stand trial.

Mladic’s lawyer says his client is far too ill to stand trial in The Hague and plans to lodge an appeal against the decision by Monday.

After 16 years on the run, Mladic was apprehended on Thursday at a house in Lazarevo, north of Belgrade.

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