War crime suspect Karadzic to be extradited WednesdayJuly 26th, 2008 - 11:41 pm ICT by IANS
Belgrade, July 26 (DPA) Former Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic will be extradited to the UN war crimes court in The Hague either Wednesday or Thursday, his lawyer said Saturday but refused to say whether he had filed an appeal to the extradition. The deadline for filing the appeal against the extradition expired Friday midnight. Belgrade daily Politika reported Saturday that the appeal had, indeed, been filed, but there was no official confirmation.
“I can’t tell you anything about the appeal. Karadzic has strictly forbidden me to tell you anything,” Vujacic told Belgrade journalists.
Officials in the war crimes court in Belgrade have said Monday is the earliest possible date for the extradition.
If an appeal was filed, the court would have three days to discuss the appeal and would most likely meet and decide Monday. Serbia’s Ministry of Justice has to sign the extradition warrant before Karadzic can be sent to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.
Meanwhile, Karadzic was given Holy Communion in his prison cell by Serbian Orthodox Bishop Amfilohije.
“Karadzic radiates optimism and faith in God and human justice,” Amfilohije was quoted as saying by the Serbian Orthodox Church on its website.
The Hague tribunal has charged Karadzic, 63, with genocide and crimes against humanity during the 1992-95 Bosnia war.
He was arrested Monday evening in Belgrade after 12 years on the run. He was posing as an alternative medicine and mediation expert who healed with prayers and bio-energy.