Bosnia: Mladic hospitalized in The Hague

Son Darko says Serbian medical team waiting to see him

12 September, 15:32

    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, SEPTEMBER 12 - Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb military leader sentenced to life in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity, has been treated at the hospital of the Scheveningen prison for the past few days.

    The ICTY's detention unit is located just outside The Hague.

    Announcing the news, his son Darko said that he is waiting for an authorization allowing a team of Serbian doctors to visit the former general.

    "We were told that he has pneumonia, water in his lungs and cardiac issues", Darko Mladic was quoted as saying Monday by media outlets in Belgrade. He added that his family has not been in contact with Mladic since Friday. A partial health record was sent from The Hague on his father's state of health and further documentation is expected, said Darko Mladic.

    Since his arrest and his transfer 11 years ago to the prison of the Dutch capital, the former general has had health problems, and his state has progressively worsened, despite treatment he is receiving in the Netherlands. He was captured in May 2011 in northern Serbia after being at large for 16 years.

    Mladic's life term in prison was confirmed in June 2021 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the armed conflict in Bosnia in 1992-1995.

    Together with the former political leader of Bosnia's Serbians Radovan Karadzic, who was also sentenced to life in prison on similar charges, Ratko Mladic was recognized to be responsible first of all for the genocide of Srebrenica, with the massacre in July 1995 of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim civilians, and the long and bloody siege of Sarajevo.(ANSAmed).

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