The foreign Ministry expressed surprise at the failure of the ICTY to release Mladic for treatment in Russia

Ratko Mladic

In Moscow was puzzled by the refusal of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to temporarily release the accused former chief of the armed forces of Republika Srpska Ratko Mladic for treatment in Russia. This is stated in the commentary of the Russian foreign Ministry published on its website.

“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 the Department.

It is noted that the condition Mladic continues to be of serious concern. The recommendations Russian doctors, who examined in 2015 Mladic in his pre-trial detention were not taken into account.

The foreign Ministry pointed out that the ICTY in its conclusions about an allegedly adequate medical control and age-related nature of diseases Mladic relied on the medical opinion of the penitentiary institutions, as well as certain “independent medical specialists”.

Thus “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”, says the commentary. The Ministry recalled that the ICTY and its jurisdiction died a total of 18 people, 16 of whom are ethnic Serbs.

In March, Russia sent to the ICTY the note, which confirmed its willingness to take Mladic to undergo treatment. The note reaffirms the guarantees of the Russian side to take Mladic to provide General treatment and return it in accordance with the terms and conditions, which will expose the Tribunal.

74-year-old Mladic is accused of war crimes and of involvement in the genocide of the Muslim population of Bosnia. He, in particular, is charged with the murder of nearly eight thousand inhabitants of Srebrenica and siege of Sarajevo, which killed about 10 thousand people. Mladic denies wrongdoing.

His colleague, the former leader of Republika Srpska Radovan Karadzic convicted in March 2016 to 40 years in prison.