Ratko Mladic has been battling cancer, say lawyers

Former Bosnian Serb commander stands accused of genocide, crimes against humanity

Ratko Mladic’s lawyer says the former Bosnian Serb general, slated to appear before a UN court, was secretly treated for cancer two years ago in Serbia. Belgrade-based lawyer Milos Saljic said his client, who stands accused of 11 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, was diagnosed with lymph node cancer and underwent surgery and chemotherapy in 2009. Saljic refused to reveal the name of Belgrade hospital or of the medical staff who treated him. Mladic, 69, was arrested in northeast Serbia last Thursday and extradited to the Netherlands on Tuesday to stand trial in The Hague.

Washington Post

Looking for more?

Get the Best of Maclean's sent straight to your inbox. Sign up for news, commentary and analysis.