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Mixed reactions in Serbia over Mladic extradition

Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - 01:27

June 1 - Serbians have mixed feelings to news that war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic has been extradited to The Hague. Simon Hanna reports.

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"Sooner or later, I knew it would end like this" This newspaper headline quotes Ratko Mladic on a visit to his daughter's grave before he was extradited. They may have been among his last ever words on Serbian soil. The story of suspected war criminal Mladic's extradition to The Hague has proved a divisive topic in Serbia. On the streets of Belgrade, residents have had mixed reactions to the news. (SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) BELGRADE RESIDENT, BRANKO MALINOVIC: "For Serbia the extradition will be good. If President Boris Tadic thinks so, then I agree with it. It was not treason. He was found through his cousins, it was high time." (SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) BELGRADE RESIDENT, SILVANA VULETIC: "What can I say? It's not pleasant but laws must be obeyed." (SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) BELGRADE RESIDENT, PETAR: "I think that we are all very disappointed, and it's a big shame." Mladic, pictured here in the early 90s, had been on the run for 16 years. The former Bosnian Serb military commander's crimes are alleged to include the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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Mixed reactions in Serbia over Mladic extradition

Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - 01:27