Court rejects Mladic appeal, extradition cleared

By Reuters
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 8:14 EDT
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BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia’s war crimes court has rejected the appeal of former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic, paving the way to his extradition to the war crimes court in The Hague, a court spokeswoman told Reuters on Tuesday.

The Hague court indicted Mladic for genocide in the 43-month siege of Sarajevo and the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica during the 1992-95 Bosnian war in 1995.

Serbian security agents tracked the fugitive general last week, after 16 years on the run, to a farmhouse belonging to his cousin. In making the arrest, they removed a major obstacle to Serbia’ bid to join the European Union.

(Editing by Michael Roddy)

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