Mladic hospitalised with pneumonia

2011-10-11 16:32
The Hague - Former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic, on trial before a UN court for genocide and war crimes, has been hospitalised with pneumonia, a lawyer said Tuesday.

"We were informed that he [Mladic] was diagnosed as having pneumonia and hospitalised," the lawyer Milos Saljic told AFP by telephone in Belgrade.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) did not indicate to which hospital Mladic had been admitted, the lawyer added.

Saljic said he hoped to get more details during the day.

Mladic, 69, who faces 11 counts of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity for his part in the 1992-95 war in Bosnia, has complained about health issues since his first appearance before the ICTY on June 3.

He was arrested in Serbia in May after 16 years on the run.

In particular, he is accused of masterminding the murder of some 8 000 Muslim men and boys over a six-day period at Srebrenica in July 1995, in Europe's bloodiest atrocity since World War II.

"As I have stated previously, Mladic was transferred to the Tribunal with a series of pre-existing medical conditions for which he is receiving treatment," tribunal spokesperson Nerma Jelacic said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The rules [of the court] prevent me from giving such details," on his condition or location, "for confidentiality reasons about his health, for security about his whereabouts", she added.

Mladic's one-time mentor, Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic, died in The Hague four years into his own genocide trial in 2006, of a heart attack.
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