Mladic fit for extradition from Serbia

Defense to appeal decision based on the ex-general’s poor health

Former Bosnian-Serb general Ratko Mladic has been declared fit for extradition from Serbia by the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal to the former Yugoslavia. It is expected that his legal team will appeal the decision, arguing that Mladic’s health is too poor. If he is extradited, he will be sent to The Hague to face a war crimes tribunal. Mladic was arrested on Thursday and is charged with genocide and other crimes that allegedly occurred during the Bosnian war in the early 1990s. It is believed he is responsible for the killing of about 7,500 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in July 1995. Mladic had been in hiding for 16 years, but was found by Serbian security forces in Lazarevo, a village about 80 kilometres north of Belgrade. Serbian President Boris Tadic said Mladic’s arrest is a step forward in the countries efforts to become a member of the European Union.

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