A British court has refused to extradite former Bosnian military leader Ejup Ganic. He was arrested at Heathrow in March on a Serbian extradition demand.
Belgrade has outstanding war crimes charges against Ganic, but the court ruled that any trial would be politically motivated. Serbia says it will appeal against the ruling.
Ganic was a member of Bosnia’s multi-ethnic presidency during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
Serbia wants to try Ganic and 18 other former Bosnian officials over an attack on a retreating column of troops in Sarajevo in May 1992. It was one of the first actions of the war, during which Belgrade says scores of soldiers were killed or wounded.
The court noted two previous independent investigations, including one by the International Criminal Tribunal, had concluded there was no case against Ganic, and no new proof had come to light.