Mladic out of hospital, in regular prison: source

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Posted: Jun 07, 2011 12:10 PM
Mladic out of hospital, in regular prison: source

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic, extradited from Serbia to face a U.N. war crimes tribunal last week, has moved from a detention center hospital to the regular prison wing, a source in the Hague said.

After 16 years on the run, Mladic was formally charged on Friday with genocide for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys and for the 43-month siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian war.

Mladic, 69, told the court he was a gravely ill man. His lawyers had tried to prevent his extradition citing his poor health, and following his transfer to The Hague he has been kept in the detention center hospital for medical checks.

A source in The Hague told Reuters on Tuesday that Mladic had been moved to the regular prison wing but had not yet been in contact with other detainees, who include his former political ally, wartime Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic.

(Reporting by Aaron Gray-Block; editing by Andrew Roche)