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Mladic in surrender talks with Hague war crimes court: report

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb general and indicted war criminal Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive] is reported to be discussing his surrender with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive], according to an article Monday in the UK Independent, citing a former Belgrade police chief. In exchange for his surrender Mladic is requesting financial protection for his followers and family, and criminal immunity for those who protected him while a fugative. The president of the ICTY has threatened [JURIST report] to frusturate Serbia's bid for European Union membership if Mladic is not delivered to the ICTY by year's end, and two weeks ago ICTY chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte characterized [JURIST report] Serbia's inability to deliver Mladic as "dysfunctional." Mladic is rumored [JURIST report] to have been protected by remnants of the Serbia-Montenegro army. Mladic has been charged by the ICTY with genocide for the execution of over 7,000 Muslim prisoners, and for the shelling and sniping of innocent civilians during the siege of Sarajevo, and is one of six indicted ICTY war criminals still at large.

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