Radovan Karadzic’s lawyer has reportedly filed a last-minute appeal against his extradition to the United Nations war crimes court in the Netherlands.
According to the Serbian state-run newspaper, Politika, Karadzic’s attorney says he lodged the motion at a remote postbox late last night, hoping to stall the handover of his client to the tribunal in The Hague.
Outside Belgrade’s special court and prison Karadzic’s lawyer refused to confirm or deny the report. However he did say he did not expect his client to be sent to The Hague before Wednesday next week.
Judges are expected to consider any appeal on Monday, and lawyers say it should be a formality
Karadzic can expect an en-suite cell and home-cooked Balkan cuisine when he is transferred to the detention unit of the Tribunal to face charges of genocide.
Until then, UN guards are practising security procedures as they prepare to take into custody the court’s most high profile suspect after fomer Serbian President, Slobodan Milosevic, who died in his cell during his trial.