Citing Health, Mladic Appeals Extradition

Lawyer says he is physically, mentally unfit for trial
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2011 4:18 PM CDT
Milos Saljic, the lawyer of Ratko Mladic, right, speaks to media outside the the Special Court building where Ratko Mladic is being held in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, May 30, 2011.   (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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(Newser) – Ratko Mladic's lawyer today appealed the war crimes suspect's extradition order, calling Mladic physically and mentally unfit for trial. The New York Times reports that the move will likely cause a brief delay in Mladic's transfer from Serbia to The Hague; if the appeal is denied, he'll likely depart in two to four days. "I believe the trial will not go ahead, because I do not believe Mladic will see the start of that process in front of the Hague Tribunal,” said his lawyer. Since his capture, Mladic has requested that Serbia's minister of health, who is a pathologist, and the speaker of Parliament, a neurosurgeon, visit him. Local doctors have deemed him well enough to travel.

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