Ratko Mladic will face his first war crimes hearing on Friday, having been flown into The Hague. He will be formally charged and asked to enter a plea.
UN prosecutor Serge Brammertz outlined the accusations against the ex-Bosnian Serb military commander, who has been indicted notably over the Srebrenica massacre and the siege of Sarajevo.
Brammertz also warned: “Mladic’s arrest gives a clear and strong signal that there is no longer any place for impunity and that sooner or later those pursued for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity must face justice.”
After 16 years on the run, the Mladic of today is far removed from the burly military man of the Bosnian War era.
The 69-year-old is said to be in ill health. But despite protests from his family and lawyer, his extradition to The Hague went ahead smoothly.
As Serbia waits to see whether its actions will speed up EU membership, Mladic sits in a detention centre waiting for his first appearance in court.