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10 March 2010
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Request for Ganic's Arrest Illegal

BIRN BiH
At a hearing before the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the team of attorneys representing Ejup Ganic has argued that Serbia's request for the arrest of Ganic is illegal since it was based on "an outdated investigation".
At the hearing where the validity of Serbia's extradition request was discussed, the Defence team also pointed out that the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, previously rejected the accusations against Ganic.

As Serbian authorities failed to send a representative to attend the hearing, the case was led by a British prosecutor.

The Court asked the Serbian authorities to submit all documents pertaining to the case against Ganic. Under the Extradition Agreement between Serbia and the United Kingdom, Serbia must submit the documents within 45 days.

The next hearing is due to be held on March 25, despite the fact that the Prosecution, representing the interests of Serbia, asked for the hearing to be held on April 11.

In addition to Ganic and members of his family, attorneys John Jones and Clare Montgomery, and the Bosnian Ambassador to the UK attended the hearing.

Ejup Ganic, a member of the wartime Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was arrested in London on March 1 "on the basis of a preliminary request by Serbian authorities". He was arrested on suspicion that he participated in an attack on a Yugoslav National Army, JNA, convoy in Dobrovoljacka Street in Sarajevo in May 1992. He was ordered into custody, which can continue until March 29.

On Thursday, March 11 Ganic is due to appear before the British High Court, which will consider his request to be released on bail.
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