Lawyer: Mladic mental state 'alarming'

May 29, 2011 - 7:14 AM
Serbia Mladic

People look into the yard of the house where former Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic was found in the village Lazarevo, about 50 kilometers north of Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, May 28, 2011. Bosnian Serb genocide suspect Ratko Mladic was arrested on Thursday in this village after 16-years on the run.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A defense lawyer says Ratko Mladic's mental state is "alarming" and he should not be extradited to a U.N. war crimes tribunal.

Milos Saljic told reporters Sunday: "I can tell you that his health condition today is much worse then yesterday. It is worse psychologically."

Europe's most wanted war crimes fugitive, Mladic, is being held in a Serbian jail after his arrest on Thursday after 16 years on the run. The 69-year-old is charged by the tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, for genocide during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

He could be extradited as early as Monday if a judge rejects his appeal of a decision to move him to The Hague.

His defense team and family have said he suffers from several health problems. Serbian prosecutors say he is fit to stand trial.