A heavily armed convoy took Ratko Mladic from the prison where he had been held since his arrest last week to the airport in Belgrade.
A plane carrying the Bosnian Serb wartime general flew him from Serbia to The Hague. The Serbian Justice Ministry has confirmed that Mladic was being extradited to face trial on charges of genocide.
A court in Belgrade rejected Mladic’s appeal against extradition on Tuesday afternoon. The 69-year-old had claimed poor health meant he was not fit to be extradited.
Mladic’s relatives came to see him in detention in Belgrade on Tuesday, carrying a suitcase.
After 16 years on the run, he was found last Thursday living in a village 100 kilometres to the north of Belgrade.
He faces charges over the siege of Sarajevo and the massacre at Srebrenica – some of the darkest days of the 1992-95 war in Bosnia.