Mladic visits daughter`s grave: Spokesman
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 15:34
Belgrade: Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic was taken under police guard early Tuesday to visit the grave of his daughter at a Belgrade cemetery, a spokesman told reporters.

Mladic was taken to the Topcidersko cemetery in Belgrade, Bruno Vekaric, a spokesman of the Serbian war crimes prosecutor said.

A Landrover led by two police jeeps departed from the Belgrade court at around 6:00 am, an AFP journalist said, but it was unclear which vehicle was carrying the former Bosnian-Serb commander.

Mladic was later returned to his detention cell in the court where he has been held since the arrest on Thursday. He has earlier asked to visit the grave of his daughter Ana, who committed suicide in 1994.

Both the prosecutor's office and the investigative judge handling Mladic's case have agreed to approve the visit, but did not want to reveal the timing due to security risks.

On Monday, Mladic's lawyer Milos Saljic filed an appeal against his transfer to The-Hague based UN court where he faces genocide and war crimes charges.

It is expected that a three-judge panel would decide on the appeal later today, paving the way for his handover to the court in the coming days.

"Everything is in the court's hands, whether it will accept (Mladic's appeal) or not," Saljic said.

Mladic's family argue that the alleged mastermind of the Srebrenica massacre and other atrocities during the 1992-95 Bosnian war is too ill to be transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) based in The Hague.

They had his lawyer say he has already suffered a series of strokes.

But a Serbian judge ruled Friday that Mladic, 69, was fit to be transferred to the UN court after hearing a report from doctors who had examined the suspect.


First Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 15:34

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