| THE HAGUE, April 3
THE HAGUE, April 3 Prosecutors sought to deny on
Monday a request by former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko
Mladic that he be released for medical treatment in Russia
before a verdict in his genocide trial.
The former general, facing war crimes charges at the
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for
his alleged role in the 1992-1995 Balkan wars, suffered several
strokes before he was arrested in 2011 after 16 years on the run
and is considered at risk of more.
Mladic's lawyers had filed a motion for his provisional
release two weeks ago, arguing that his condition was seriously
deteriorating after a short hospitalisation for an undisclosed
medical issue in March.
In a filing published on Monday, prosecutors said that
Mladic was getting the best possible care in The Hague and
reports of a worsening of his condition by his defence team were
"The motion should be denied ... His (Mladic's) long history
as a fugitive from justice and the severity of the charges
against him demonstrate the risk he would abscond prior to
judgement," the prosecution document said.
Mladic was gravely ill when he arrived at the U.N. court in
The Hague after years on the run, prosecutors said. "The medical
treatment that followed, as he explicitly acknowledged, saved
his life," they said.
The medical issues in Mladic's case echoed those of former
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, who died in his cell in
2006 of a heart attack before his verdict on genocide charges.
Milosevic had made a similar request for provisional release
to receive medical treatment in Russia a month earlier.
Mladic, 75, is awaiting judgement after a four-year trial on
charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for
his alleged role in an ethnic cleansing campaign in Bosnia that
saw the 1995 genocide of thousands of Muslim men and boys from
(Editing by Anthony Deutsch, Larry King)