UN war crimes court wants Mladic`s speedy transfer

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.

PTI




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