A U.S. judge has ordered the extradition of Bosnia-Herzegovina's former United Nations ambassador, who faces embezzlement charges in Bosnia.

In his ruling, late Wednesday, New York Judge Frank Maas granted a petition by Bosnian authorities - who have accused former ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey of stealing $2.4 million in Bosnian public funds.

But the judge stayed his ruling for 10 days to give the accused time to appeal.

Bosnian officials say the missing funds include $1.8 million from an investment bank and another $600,000 from their country's U.N. mission.

Mr. Sacirbey, who has dual U.S. and Bosnian citizenship, has denied the charges and fought the extradition request. He was Bosnia Herzegovina's U.N. ambassador between 1992 and 2000.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.