The man accused of orchestrating Europe’s worst war crimes since the Second World War is expected to be extradited to face trial for genocide at the start of next week.
Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb leader during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, is being held in a Belgrade prison. His lawyers have until midnight on Friday to file an appeal against extradition to the UN war crimes’ tribunal in the Hague. Lawyers expect judges to rule on any appeal on Monday.
Most Serbs have welcomed Karadzic’s arrest. But it has also re-awakened some nationalist feelings.
Karadzic has been visited by his family. His sister Ivanka Djurdjevac said he is bearing up well:“He looks really great. He looks really fit, healthy and he is optimistic, in a good mood.”
Karadzic evaded arrest for more than a decade by posing as a new-age health guru. He was finally arrested on a public bus in Belgrade. His military partner in the Bosnian war, General Ratko Mladic, is still on the run.