The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation: the refusal of the ICTY to release Mladic for the treatment in Russia is puzzling

Ratko Mladic


MOSCOW, may 16. /TASS/. The refusal of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to temporarily release the former commander of the Bosnian Serb army Ratko Mladic’s state of health to undergo treatment in Russia is not cause anything but bewilderment. According to the comments of the Department of information and press of the Russian foreign Ministry.

“Failure in the transfer of Serb treatment is indicative of the Hague justice. The ICTY had previously agreed on the provisional release of the accused and in the presence of a much less significant for this reason, and because the Tribunal’s decision, and his reasoning nothing but bewilderment not cause”, – stressed in dipvedomstva.

The foreign Ministry also pointed to the fact that a serious concern is the fact that “the Trial chamber of the ICTY in its conclusions about an allegedly adequate medical control and age the nature of disease R. Mladic relied on the medical opinion of the penal institution, the ICTY, as well as certain “independent medical specialists”, although the reputation of the prison in Scheveningen, the walls of which under mysterious circumstances over and over again go from the life of the accused, has long been compromised.” In depodesta recalled that “during the period of the ICTY, and under his jurisdiction died a total of 18 people (16 of them are ethnic Serbs)”.

“The trial chamber of the ICTY is fully responsible for the decision and the consequences of their findings, testifying to another fact disregard for such fundamental rights as the right to life, health and medical care”, – stressed in the foreign Ministry.

March 20, the lawyers of the former commander of the armed forces of Republika Srpska sent to the ICTY’s procedural motion for provisional release of the accused and his transfer for treatment in Russia. “Guided by humanitarian considerations, the Russian Federation responded to the request of Serbian General and the ICTY has provided corresponding guarantee for a positive decision”, – have informed in the Russian foreign Ministry.

Mladic is accused of genocide, violation of the laws or customs of war and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in 1992-1995 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was hiding from international justice for almost 16 years until he was arrested in Serbia in may 2011 and extradited to the Hague. His case is the last pending in the ICTY. It is expected that the verdict against the former commander of the Bosnian Serb army to be delivered in November 2017, while the defendant will retain the ability to appeal.