After medical examinations, former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic has been declared fit to appear before the tribunal in The Hague on Friday.
Following his arrest after 16 years on the run, his son and his defence lawyer had claimed he was unfit to stand. Doctors however now say Mladic is both mentally and physically fit.
Court registrar John Hocking said: “We communicated throughout the evening at the airport and then later at the detention unit. Through the interpreter, I can say that we had no problems understanding each other and he was very cooperative.”
Mladic will face genocide charges at the International Criminal Tribunal for his role in war crimes including the siege of Sarajevo and the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica. It has not yet been decided whether he will be tried jointly with Radovan Karadzic.