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Extradition Deadline Passes For Radovan Karadzic

Extradition Deadline Passes For Radovan Karadzic

A deadline for ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to appeal against extradition to the Netherlands on genocide and other charges has expired.

An appeal notice is said to have been posted by his lawyer just before 2000 (1800 GMT) at an unknown location in Serbia in order to delay the process.

Any appeal is expected to fail and Mr Karadzic is likely to be sent to The Hague within days, correspondents say.

Mr Karadzic was captured on Monday after more than 12 years in hiding.

He had been posing as an expert in alternative medicine, using the name of Dragan Dabic.

The real Mr Dabic told the BBC that he had never lost his identity card, which correspondents say raises suspicions that it was cloned by high-ranking Serb officials with access to the country's databases.

The formal appeal notice against Mr Karadzic's extradition was posted somewhere in Serbia minutes before the official deadline ran out, the BBC understands.

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