Bosnian Serb leader Mladic’s family complain about his treatment and health

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The health of former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic is rapidly deteriorating and authorities are giving virtually no information about his treatment at the international detention center in Scheveningen prison, his son Darko Mladic has told Russian news agency RIA-Novosti. .

Mladic, 80, is serving a life sentence for genocide and war crimes committed during the secession war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the years 1992 to 1995, among other things. He was sentenced to life imprisonment by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia a year ago. He became particularly known for the siege and capture of the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, where Dutch UN soldiers were stationed. Thousands of Bosnian Muslim men were killed after the capture.

According to Darko Mladic, his father can no longer walk 40 meters at a stretch and he needs help with everyday things. Darko doesn’t know exactly what’s going on. According to him, the family is mainly informed about very general things such as “his condition is stable and he is participating in the conversation”. According to the former army chief’s son, Mladic’s treatment is inadequate and he may have heart problems.

Mladic was wanted by the ICTY in 1996, but managed to stay out of the hands of justice until 2011. He was eventually arrested in northern Serbia and was already suffering from health issues such as paralysis due to stroke.

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