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Mladic hospitalised as Hague court appearence goes ahead as planned

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Mladic hospitalised as Hague court appearence goes ahead as planned

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Genocide suspect Ratko Mladic has been admitted to prison hospital at The Hague detention centre.

His court appointed lawyer said the health of the former Bosnian Serb commander has been compromised because of long years of medical neglect while a fugitive from justice.

In Belgrade, the lawyer who fought against Mladic’s extradition to the UN war crimes tribunal, claims he has documents which show that the 69-year-old underwent surgery and chemotherapy in an unnamed Serbian hospital for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2009.

Serb authorities report that doctors examined Mladic after his arrest and found he had suffered past strokes and high blood pressure.

Belgrade prosecutors say the cancer claims were a ploy to postpone transfer to The Hague.

Despite the health concerns Mladic is expected in court later.