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Nationalists to Protest Mladic Arrest

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TEHRAN, May 29 (ICANA) – Serbian police officers stand guard outside the Special Court in Belgrade, where Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic is being held.
Sunday, May 29, 2011 9:26:20 PM
Nationalists to Protest Mladic Arrest

The ultranationalist Radical Party in Serbia plans to hold a rally against the arrest of ex-Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic.

The party has said the rally, planned outside the parliament in the capital Belgrade at noon, will be peaceful, state-run BBC reported.

Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said, "The police will not use force in advance only if there is a drastic violation of public peace and order."

"We are taking measures to prevent the escalation of extremist behavior," he said, adding that security measures have been stepped up around state buildings and embassies.

In 2008, a similar rally over the arrest of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic turned violent, leaving one person dead.

Mladic's son said the former commander wants his supporters to avoid violence.

Mladic will be transferred to the UN international tribunal at The Hague within days to be tried for war crimes.

He is believed to be responsible for the July 1995 massacre of at least 7,500 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica during the Bosnian war. The mass execution was carried out by units of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) under Mladic's command.

His lawyer has until Monday to appeal the court ruling.

Mladic was arrested on Thursday in a relative's house in the village of Lazarevo, located about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of the capital Belgrade, after being a fugitive for nearly 16 years.

The house had reportedly been under surveillance by security forces for two weeks prior to Mladic's arrest.

The UN Security Council has hailed the arrest, and welcomed Serbia's plan to send the former army chief to The Hague.

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