Lawyer: Mladic Has Cancer

Document indicates he underwent chemotherapy at Serbian hospital
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2011 10:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – Ratko Mladic's lawyer says he can prove the suspected war criminal has cancer. Milos Saljic showed the AP a copy of a 2009 document that purports to show that Mladic was treated at a Serbian hospital between April and July of that year, and that he was diagnosed with lymph node cancer. The name of the hospital and doctor are blacked out. Saljic, a friend of Mladic's, claims he didn't know of his diagnosis.

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Saljic has argued that Mladic should not be extradited because of his health, and says he only got the document on Monday, the day before Mladic's extradition. "A man called me on the phone, asking if I was interested in a document that could prevent Ratko Mladic's extradition to The Hague," Saljic said. He in turn passed the document to a Serbian judge, but he believes it may have actually hastened Mladic's extradition, "because they suddenly cut off all family visits, packed him into a van, and transported him to the airport." (Read more Ratko Mladic stories.)

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