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Mladic supporters' anger over his arrest

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News of the arrest of Ratko Mladic has not been welcomed by his supporters.

Bosnian Serbs, living in Sokolac, a town 50 kilometres east of Sarajevo, gathered in a show of support for the fugitive general. For them, he was a lifesaver and his arrest by Serbia is a betrayal.

Mladic’s lawyer says he will appeal on Monday against his client’s extradition to the Hague.

Milos Saljic told reporters Mladic does not recognise the authority of the Hague Tribunal. “He does not see himself as guilty,” he said, “but is in a confused state and constantly changes the subject.”

Mladic appeared frail and gaunt in pictures taken the day of his arrest – a far cry from the robust military commander of 16 years ago.

In the Bosnian town of Visegrad, an estimated two thousand Bosnian Muslims gathered in memory of those killed in the early months of the war. Three thousand roses – one for every missing person – were thrown into the river.