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Brother confirms Karadzic appeal

A woman holds a picture of Radovan Karadzic during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia
Thousands of Bosnian Serbs have protested against Mr Karadzic's arrest

The brother of the former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, has confirmed an appeal has been lodged against his transfer to the war crimes tribunal.

Luka Karadzic was speaking in Belgrade after visiting his brother in prison.

A Serbian panel of judges has three days to decide on the merits of the appeal before a final order is issued for Mr Karadzic's extradition.

He is unlikely to be transferred to The Hague until Wednesday at the earliest, correspondents say.

An appeal is thought to have been posted by his lawyer just before the Friday deadline from a remote post office in Serbia in order to delay the process.

Radovan Karadzic faces genocide charges in connection with the Bosnian war from 1992 to 1995. He was arrested in Belgrade on Monday after nearly 13 years as a fugitive.

Nephew's involvement

Luka Karadzic visited his brother in a detention cell at the Serbian special war crimes court on Sunday.

When asked by journalists whether his brother's defence team had appealed against his extradition to The Hague tribunal, Luka Karadzic replied: "Of course we have."

Luka Karadzic also denied any suggestion that his son could be charged as an accomplice in the trial.

A Serbian newspaper published an interview with Luka Karadzic's son, Dragan Karadzic, saying that he regularly met up with his uncle, helping him with renting different flats over the past six years and taking him supplies.

Mr Karadzic had been living in Belgrade and working as an alternative therapist under the assumed named of Dragan Dabic. He had grown a long grey beard and ponytail.

Under Serbian law, all Mr Karadzic, 63, needs is proof that his appeal was posted before the deadline and the court must simply wait for it to arrive.

Once the court receives the appeal notice from Mr Karadzic, a panel of judges will meet to consider it. If it fails, as it is expected to do, the case will be handed over to the government, which issues the final extradition order.

Mr Karadzic led the formation of a separate Bosnian Serb assembly in 1991 - one of the sparks that ignited the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.

He has been indicted for crimes against humanity and genocide over the massacre of up to 8,000 mainly-Muslim Bosniaks at Srebrenica in 1995.

He has also been charged over the shelling of Sarajevo, and the use of 284 UN peacekeepers as human shields in May and June 1995.

His colleague, former military commander Ratko Mladic, remains at large,


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