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Wednesday 20 June 2018

Serbia guarantees Ratko Mladic will not flee if allowed home for treatment

Ratko Mladic is on trial for alleged war crimes
Ratko Mladic is on trial for alleged war crimes

Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic, who is being tried for genocide at a UN tribunal, can be released provisionally on health grounds from detention in the Netherlands without escaping justice, Serbia has said.

Serbia's state TV said on Tuesday the country's government was responding to requests from the defence and family, stating 74-year-old Mladic would not flee while undergoing hospital treatment in Serbia.

Judges at the Netherlands-based UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia rejected in May a similar defence motion seeking Mladic's release for a medical treatment in Russia.

Mladic was arrested in Serbia in 2011 after more than a decade on the run.

He is charged with genocide for the massacre in Srebrenica of some 8,000 Muslims in 1995 and other atrocities of Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

AP

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