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Ratko Mladic Will Be Extradited To Face Genocide Charges

Former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic: the left photo was taken February 15, 1994 and the right was on May 27, 2011. -/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic: the left photo was taken February 15, 1994 and the right was on May 27, 2011.

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Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb military commander, Ratko Mladic, will be extradited to the UN War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague, the Netherlands, to answer charges that he committed genocide and war crimes during the war in the Balkans in the 1990s.

A Serbian judge has determined Mladic is fit to stand trial, according to the BBC, and he has been given until Monday to appeal that ruling. Mladic was picked up in a northern Bosnian town yesterday after 16 years on the run. His family, which hasn't seen him for a decade, met him yesterday, according to B92, a Serbian news outlet.

Mladic's son, Darko, says his father has had two strokes, his arm is partly paralyzed and he can't talk well. AP describes the elder Mladic as "hollow-cheeked and shrunken" and says he "walked haltingly" when he first appeared in court Thursday. The judge cut the hearing short yesterday because of Mladic's condition but resumed today, issuing the extradition ruling.

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