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Spanish Interior Minister: Gotovina to be Extradited as Soon as Possible


Spain's Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso says Croatian war crimes suspect General Ante Gotovina will be extradited to the United Nations tribunal in The Hague as soon possible.

He did not specify a time, but police officials say they expect it to take place early Saturday. Police arrested General Gotovina in Spain's Canary Islands Wednesday. The tribunal indicted him in 2001 for the deaths of 150 civilians in a Serb-held region of Croatia in 1995.

The arrest has increased pressure on Serbia to capture the tribunal's most wanted suspects, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and military commander General Ratko Mladic.

Serbian authorities Friday turned over to U.N. prosecutors a secret file on General Mladic, including a number of pages they earlier had withheld.

In Belgrade, visiting French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy urged Serbian officials to arrest and surrender the two fugitives.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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