UN war crimes court wants Mladic`s speedy transfer
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 22:52
The Hague: The UN war crimes court which sought Ratko Mladic for more than 16 years as one of its most wanted fugitives on Thursday said it was looking forward to his speedy transfer from Serbia following his arrest.

"The Tribunal looks forward to his expeditious transfer from Serbia to The Hague," the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said in a statement.

"The Tribunal welcomes the announcement of Mladic's arrest," it said, adding that "Mladic will be detained pending his initial appearance before a judge."

Once in The Hague, the ICTY said the former Serbian general would be allowed to enter a plea on the 15 charges against him which included war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.

"Although charged with grave crimes, Mladic, like all other accused before the Tribunal, is presumed innocent until proven guilty," the ICTY added.

Mladic was arrested in Serbia today after being on the run from the court for more than 16 years. Serbia's deputy war crimes prosecutor Bruno Vekaric said it could take up to seven days to complete the procedure to extradite Mladic to The Hague.

He still had to undergo a number of procedures before a Serbian court as well as a medical check-up before a court could decide on his extradition.

Over 1,000 killed in western Ivory Coast political crisis: UN Abidjan: More than 1,000 people were killed in western Ivory Coast during the five-month crisis that followed a disputed presidential election, the UN mission in the country announced Thursday.

"At least 1,012 people, among them 103 women and 42 children, were killed" in political clashes and communal fighting, Guillaume N'gefa, the head of the mission's human rights division, told a press conference.

Of the total, "at least 505 people were killed" in the town of Duekoue between December and the end of April, N'gefa said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has estimated that "at least 800 people" were killed on March 29 during communal violence in Duekoue, a stronghold loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo.

The west African country was wracked by violence after Gbagbo, who was in power for 10 years, refused to acknowledge in November 2010 that he had lost a presidential election to one-time prime minister Alassane Ouattara.

Fighting broke out in districts of Abidjan, the commercial capital, and in the volatile west of the west African country, where militia forces and former rebels are active.


First Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 22:52

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