APNewsBreak: Lawyer says Mladic has cancer

June 2, 2011 - 6:44 AM
Serbia Mladic Cancer

Milos Saljic, the lawyer of former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic, presents a document during an interview with The Associated Press, in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, June 2, 2011. Saljic told The Associated Press that Mladic has suffered from lymph nodes cancer, that he had a surgery and underwent chemotherapy in 2009.(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Ratko Mladic's lawyer says he has a document proving the war crimes suspect has been battling cancer and that he was treated at a Serbian hospital in 2009.

Milos Saljic told The Associated Press that Mladic has suffered from lymph node cancer and that he underwent surgery and chemotherapy for it in 2009.

The lawyer showed the AP what he called a photocopy of a doctors' diagnosis saying that Mladic was in a Serbia hospital between April 20 and July 18, 2009.

The document has blackened out letterhead and signatures to hide the names of the hospital and the doctors who allegedly treated Mladic.

Serbia handed over the wartime Bosnian Serb army commander to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands, on Tuesday after he spent 16 years on the run.