Mladic due in Belgrade court for extradition case

By the Associated Press | May 27, 2011 | 3:59 AM EDT

In this handout image released by the Serbian government Thursday, May 26, 2011, Ratko Mladic enters court in Belgrade, Thursday, May 26, 2011. Ratko Mladic, in baseball cap, the ruthless Bosnian Serb military leader charged with orchestrating Europe's worst massacre of civilians since World War II, was arrested before dawn at a relative's home in a tiny Serbian village on Thursday after a 16-year hunt for the architect of what a war-crimes judge called "scenes from hell." (AP Photo / Serbian Government, HANDOUT)

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Genocide suspect Ratko Mladic in due in a Belgrade court for a hearing which is a legal step toward his extradition to a U.N. war crimes tribunal.

Europe's most wanted war crimes fugitive was arrested Thursday in a northern Serbian village after 16 years on the run. The hearing is set for noon (1000 GMT) Friday.

The Bosnian Serb wartime army commander is facing international war crimes charges, including the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

Thursday's extradition hearing was adjourned due to what Mladic's lawyer claimed was his poor health.

Serbian war crimes prosecutors claim the stalling seems to be Mladic's tactics to delay his extradition to the U.N. tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands.