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UPDATED: 11:04, December 30, 2005
Serbia-Montenegro halts pension to top war crimes suspect
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Serbia-Montenegro said on Thursday that it had halted pension to former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, a top war crimes suspect wanted by the UN war crimes tribunal.

Mladic, who was pensioned in May 2002, has the right to his pension but the payments have been halted until the necessary documents are presented, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

However, it did not specify what were the necessary documents.

The statement said the ministry had recently carried out a control of the payment of pensions to 55,802 persons and determined irregularities concerning 65 persons, including Mladic.

Mladic is wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which has indicted him for atrocities in the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. He is widely believed to be hiding in Serbia after his final public appearance in 2002.

The extradition of Mladic to the ICTY has been a priority for Serbia-Montenegro, as it is a prerequisite for the Balkan country to join the European Union and NATO.

Mladic gave power of attorney to his wife and his son Darko, to receive the pension on his behalf. Darko was receiving the pension from March 2002 until November 2005, the statement said.

Source: Xinhua

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