Serbia to extradite war crimes suspect to Hague soon

Rasim Ljajic, Serbia's point man for the cooperation with the Hague Tribunal said "it is now up on the justice ministry to sign the extradition order."

Serbia to extradite war crimes suspect to Hague soon
Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Stojan Zupljanin, arrested earlier this month, will be extradited to The Hague from Serbia within the next three days, officials said on Friday.

Arrested on June 11 in the Serbian city of Pancevo, former police chief Zupljanin was one of the four remaining fugitives wanted by the United Nations Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia for war crimes during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia.

He is currently in custody.

"The appeal to the extradition order has been rejected," said Ivana Ramic, spokeswoman of the Belgrade County Court.

Rasim Ljajic, Serbia's point man for the cooperation with the Hague Tribunal said "it is now up on the justice ministry to sign the extradition order."

"I expect it to happen either today or on Monday," he said.

Serbia's cooperation with the Hague Tribunal has been set as a pre-condition for the country's progress towards closer ties with the European Union.

Former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic and Croatian Serb wartime leader Goran Hadzic are still on the run. The Hague believes they are all within the reach of Serbian authorities.

Reuters
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