Serbia may send former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic to face genocide charges in The Hague within the next 24 hours.
His lawyer has warned that he will try to delay the process for as long as possible because he claims his client is too ill to travel.
But, speaking to the Reuters news agency on condition of anonymity, a justice official said: “the panel of three will swiftly decide on the appeal, they will almost certainly reject it, the justice minister will sign extradition papers and off he goes,” he added.
The International Criminal Tribunal indicted Mladic, 69, for genocide over the siege of Sarajevo and the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica during the 1992-95 Bosnian War.
Court officials have allowed him to visit his daughter Ana’s tomb in a cemetery on the outskirts of Belgrade. Ana Mladic committed suicide in 1994.
Before he went underground in the early 2000s, the general was frequently seen visiting her grave.