Mladic to Be Extradited to Hague

Judge brushes aside concerns that Mladic is in poor health
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2011 8:34 AM CDT
Updated May 27, 2011 9:54 AM CDT
In this Dec. 2, 1995 photo, Bosnian Serb army commander Gen. Ratko Mladic addresses his troops in the eastern Bosnian town of Vlasenica.   (AP Photo/Oleg Stjepanovic)
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(Newser) – Ratko Mladic can be extradited to the international war crimes tribunal at The Hague to face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, a Serbian judge ruled today, brushing aside concerns that the former military leader was in poor health. Mladic has three days to appeal the decision, the LA Times reports.

Yesterday, Mladic's lawyers told the court that the 69-year-old was having health problems, and today his son told reporters that his father was "very, very frail" and the right side of his body is numb. But prosecutors argued that was just a ploy to stave off extradition, the AP reports. A spokesman had said the war crimes tribunal would be able to deal with any health problems. (Click for more on Mladic, who had nicknamed himself "God.")

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