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Judge clears Mladic for war-crimes trial

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Judge clears Mladic for war-crimes trial


A court in Belgrade has ruled that Ratko Mladic is fit enough to be extradited to The Hague to be tried for genocide.

The once fearsome Bosnian Serb general appeared frail on Thursday following his arrest after 16 years as a fugitive.

The judge said a medical team had cleared him for further legal proceedings.

His family though said he was in no fit state to answer charges that he ordered the Srebrenica massacre and the murderous siege of Sarajevo during the 1990s Bosnian war.

Outside the court his son, Darko Mladic, said: “We are not stating anything about the trial. We are focused on his health, his condition, and we are calling for independent experts to verify this condition.”

Mladic has until Monday to appeal against extradition to the international court in The Hague.

His lawyer confirmed he would challenge the ruling and insisted his client could not be handed over until his health was stable. He said the questioning had to be stopped at one point because Mladic was hardly responsive.

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