War crimes suspect Mladic to face charges within days

By REUTERS
June 1, 2011 03:06

 
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THE HAGUE - Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic, extradited to the Netherlands from Serbia on Tuesday after 16 years on the run, will face genocide charges at the UN war crimes tribunal within days.

The 69-year-old former general was taken to a detention center outside The Hague from Rotterdam airport on Tuesday evening. His first court appearance could take place on Wednesday at the earliest but is considered more likely on Thursday or Friday.

Mladic was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia 16 years ago over the 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica, close to the border with Serbia, during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

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