A mass protest against extraditing Radovan Karadzic is planned in Belgrade later today. His lawyers have tried to delay his transfer to the war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
Their appeal was posted within the time limit rules – the deadline was midnight – but was calculated to take extra time to get from some remote location in Serbia to the Belgrade district court.
The country’s new pro-Western government had been keen to get him to the UN tribunal as soon as possible, to control tension.
It is the Belgrade court’s call how long to wait before ruling on whether to order Karadzic’s transportation to stand trial on charges of committing genocide during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.
Arrested last week in Serbia after 11 years as an international fugitive, in disguise and under the protection of hardline nationalists, Karadzic is now behind bars in Belgrade. His legal team concede the extradition can not be put off for long. His brother has brought two of his suits to the jail. Security service sources say he will be moved very discreetly.