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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.

Comments
  • JIlly - 2011-10-12 02:26

    What It’s Like to Chill Out With Whom the Rest of the World Considers As The Most Ruthless Men: Ratko Mladic, Goran Hadzic and Radovan Karadzic (+) Confessions of a Female War Crimes Investigator By Jill Louise Starr NJ USA http://sites.google.com/site/jillstarrsite/what-it-s-like-to-chill-out-with-whom-the-rest-of-the-world-considers-as-the-most-ruthless-men-in-the-world-ratko-mladic-and-radovan-karadzic-confessions-of-a-female-war-crimes-investigator Retrospectively, it was all so simple, natural and matter of fact being on a boat restaurant in Belgrade, sitting with, laughing, drinking a two hundred bottle of wine and chatting about war and peace while Ratko Mladic held my hand. Mladic, a man considered the world’s most ruthless war criminal since Adolf Hitler, still at large and currently having a five million dollar bounty on his head for genocide by the international community. Yet there I was with my two best friends at the time, a former Serbian diplomat, his wife, and Ratko Mladic just chilling. There was no security, nothing you’d ordinarily expect in such circumstances. Referring to himself merely as, Sharko; this is the story of it all came about.

  • Jill Louise Starr - 2011-10-12 02:33

    Irrefutable Proof ICTY Is Corrupt Court/Irrefutable Proof the Hague Court Cannot Legitimately Prosecute Karadzic Case By Jill Starr http://picasaweb.google.com/lpcyusa/IrrefutableProofICTYIsCorruptCourtIrrefutabl# (The Documentary Secret United Nations ICC Meeting Papers Scanned Images) OR http://community.jigsaw.com/t5/media/gallerypage/user-id/903610# http://sites.google.com/site/jillstarrsite/irrefutable-proof-icty-is-corrupt-court-irrefutable-proof-the-hague-court-cannot-legitimately-prosecute-karadzic-case My testimonial video on Youtube _> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKe-5LORsGs This legal technicality indicates the Hague must dismiss charges against Dr Karadzic and others awaiting trials in the Hague jail; like it or not. Unfortunately for the Signatures Of the Rome Statute United Nations member states instituting the ICC & ICTY housed at the Hague, insofar as the, Radovan Karadzic, as with the other Hague cases awaiting trial there, I personally witnessed these United Nations member states having a substantial conversations, and, openly speaking about trading judicial appointments and verdicts for financial funding when I attended the 2001 ICC Preparatory Meetings at the UN in Manhattan making the iCTY and ICC morally incapable trying Radovan Karazdic and others.

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