May 27, 2011
A judge at a special war crimes court in Belgrade agreed to the former general’s extradition as it emerged that he was still in his pyjamas and having a walk around his garden in the village of Lazarevo in northern Serbia when he was surprised in a dawn raid by Serb police at the culmination of a 16-year manhunt.
Mladic’s relatives claimed he had suffered three strokes in the last 15 years, leaving him with a half-paralysed right arm that meant that a male supporter had to help him get dressed.
The picture of a frail old man unable to dress himself is sharply at odds with that of the swaggering, bull-necked military commander who struck fear into the hearts of tens of thousands of Bosnian Muslims and Croats during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
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