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Son: Mladic Denies Involvement In Srebrenica Massacre


Darko Mladic waits outside the court where his father, Ratko Mladic, is being held in Belgrade on May 29.

Darko Mladic waits outside the court where his father, Ratko Mladic, is being held in Belgrade on May 29.

The son of Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic, who was arrested on May 26 after 16 years on the run, has told reporters that his father had nothing to do with the 1995 massacre in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

Darko Mladic made the comments after visiting his father in a Serbian jail, where he awaits transfer to a United Nations war crimes court in The Hague, Netherlands.

Mladic's lawyer on May 29 described his client's state as "alarming" after visiting him in detention, adding that he has requested a full health evaluation.

The 69-year-old is accused of orchestrating the killings at Srebrenica, in which at least 7,000 people perished, and charged with other war crimes during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Reports say hundreds of people aligned with extremist organizations have gathered in Belgrade to protest the arrest.

"Ratko Mladic is a military commander of the Serbian nation, and this arrest is a big shame for the Serbian people, and for our state," Serbian Radical Party activist Slobodan Bozic told Reuters.

"He is a hero of the Serbian nation, he was defending our nation, and that's why we all should go out and show our support to him."

The authorities have tightened security in the capital ahead of today's demonstrations.

compiled from agency reports
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