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Ratko Mladic's son Darko and his daughter Anastasija leave the special court building where the war crimes suspect is being held in Serbia (AP)

Ratko Mladic's son Darko and his daughter Anastasija leave the special court building where the war crimes suspect is being held in Serbia (AP)

Ratko Mladic's son Darko and his daughter Anastasija leave the special court building where the war crimes suspect is being held in Serbia (AP)

As he awaited extradition to a UN tribunal, jailed war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic has been allowed to visit the grave of his daughter who committed suicide during Bosnia's war.

Mladic left his jail cell at the special court in Belgrade to make the early-morning visit under tight security, including several armoured vehicles, said Serbia's deputy war crimes prosecutor, Bruno Vekaric.

Mladic is expected to be extradited to the tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, late on Tuesday or early on Wednesday.

"We didn't announce his visit to the grave because it is his private thing and because it represented a security risk," Mr Vekaric said. "The operation lasted for 20 minutes and passed without a glitch."

Europe's most wanted war crimes fugitive was arrested on Thursday in a village north of the Serbian capital Belgrade after 16 years on the run. Mladic is charged by the tribunal for atrocities committed by his Serb troops during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

His 23-year-old daughter Ana committed suicide in 1994 with her father's pistol. Media reports at the time said she did it because of depression caused by her father's role in the war but Mladic has always claimed she was killed by his wartime enemies.

On Tuesday, Mladic visited the red marble grave with a cross at a graveyard on a hill in a Belgrade suburb. There, he left a lit candle and a small white bouquet of flowers with a red rose in the middle.

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Mladic's lawyer said on Monday he has formally filed an appeal against the former general's extradition - a move that will likely delay his handover to The Hague until Tuesday night or early Wednesday.

Lawyer Milos Saljic has also asked for a battery of doctors to examine the 69-year-old Mladic, who is said to have suffered at least two strokes.


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