War crimes suspect ‘must have died,’ says family, lawyer

A Bosnian Muslim woman prays at the memorial wall for the Bosnian 1992-95 war that claimed some 100,000 lives — many allegedly at the hand of Bosnian Serb wartime leader Ratko Mladic.

Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic was already suffering from at least two strokes and a failing pancreas when he went into hiding a decade ago and “must have died” since, his wife’s lawyer has said.

The former army commander, whose extradition to a United Nations court has been a condition for Serbia’s further integration with the European Union, left his Belgrade home in 2001 and the family lost all contact with him in 2003, said Milos Saljic, representing Mladic’s wife Bosiljka, who appeared in court today on charges for illegal possession of weapons.

Mladic “was already a very sick man” when he went into hiding, Saljic said. “His first stroke was back in 1996, then another one in 1999 and he could not survive, he must have died [without adequate medical care that presumably he had no access to as a fugitive],” Saljic said.

An automatic handgun, a rifle and ammunition were found in the Mladic family home during a 2008 police search for clues about the suspect’s whereabouts. Charges were brought against his wife for possession of the unlicensed weaponry.

The Balkans

Key political risks in the emerging Balkans:

» Serbia’s ruling coalition of the pro-Western Democratic Party and the Socialists is now dealing with the effects of slow recovery from the crisis, cost-cutting, growing social discontent and internal squabbling that ultimately led to the reshuffle and downsizing of the government to 17 ministries from a previous 24.

» Independent for three years, Kosovo is beset with economic problems and political division. The constitutional court ruled the election of President Behgjet Pacolli by the parliament was unconstitutional, but gave no details on moving forward.

» Macedonia is a candidate for NATO and EU membership, but its prospects are clouded by an 18-year-old dispute with neighboring Greece, which says Macedonia’s name implies a claim to Greece’s northern province of the same name.

» Montenegro is hoping to join NATO soon, and is awaiting a date for EU membership talks after gaining candidate status. Entry talks hinge on progress in fighting crime and corruption. The new government headed by Prime Minister Igor Luksic has pledged to work to remove remaining obstacles.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.