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Mladic too ill to face charges


CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Mladic too ill to face charges

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Belgrade, Serbia (CNN) — Ratko Mladic’s lawyer has requested a new medical examination for the former Bosnian Serb general, arguing that Mladic is not healthy enough to face charges of genocide at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, he said today .
Mladic would not be able to participate in a trial because of his ill health, lawyer Milos Saljic said.
He wants Mladic examined by specialists “who can investigate his specific needs,” including a gastroenterologist, cardiologist, psychiatrist and neurologist.
Mladic, 69, is wanted in connection with the massacre of nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995. He was captured Thursday after more than 15 years in hiding.
His lawyer expects the Serbian court’s response by tomorrow, he said. The court has already ruled Mladic is fit to stand trial.

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Saljic also plans to file a formal appeal against extradition, he said, adding that it would put it in the mail by noon today.

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