Reporting from Belgrade, Serbia — A judge ruled Friday that captured war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic is fit for extradition to The Hague to face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.
Mladic now has three days to appeal the decision.
Mladic's son, Darko, told reporters that his father was "very, very frail," with the right half of his body numbed. He called for independent medical experts to examine his 69-year-old father.
The arrest of Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general accused of overseeing Europe's worst massacre since World War II, is a milestone in Serbia's effort to end long years as a pariah, even as it renews disturbing questions about how he evaded capture for more than 15 years.
Mladic commanded military forces that seized the town of Srebrenica, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and butchered an estimated 8,000 Muslim men and boys, an atrocity now held up as a symbol of the brutality of the 1992-95 Bosnian war.