Mladic complains about kidney stone, wants Serb doctors

6th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic told a judge before the ex-Yugoslav war crimes court Thursday he was suffering from a kidney stone and demanded to be examined by Serbian doctors.

Mladic, 69, told the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) where he faces genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity charges that he had experienced "strong pain."

"I ask that Serbia enable the doctors who have examined me from 1996 to 1998 and knew my exact state at the time, could examine me," Mladic said

During the hearing Mladic looked tired and did not rise from his seat when Dutch Judge Alphons Orie entered the courtroom.

Mladic was in court for a fourth time since his arrest and transfer to the UN's detention unit in The Hague in early June after being on the run for the last 16 years.

Proceedings were delayed for an hour-and-a-quarter and started at around 3.45pm (1345 GMT).

"I was informed you didn't feel well this morning and that you couldn't stand up. I hope you can stand up to leave the courtroom," Judge Orie said.

"Apologies for the delay," answered Mladic, "it was due to my health."

"I have serious health problems, but I will fight to recover," he said.

Mladic, who faces 11 counts before the ICTY for his part in the 1992-95 war in Bosnia, has complained about health issues since his first appearance on June 3.

In particular Mladic is accused of masterminding the murder of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys over a six-day period at Srebrenica in July 1995, in Europe's bloodiest episode since World War II.

Prosecutor Serge Brammertz' office in August filed a motion asking judges to divide the original indictment for Mladic into two separate trials.

The first trial would deal with the Srebrenica massacre alone.

Mladic's defence opposed the motion in September. Judges are yet to rule on the request.

© 2011 AFP

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