Mladic in Hague prison hospital - lawyer

THE HAGUE, June 2 Thu Jun 2, 2011 12:54pm EDT

THE HAGUE, June 2 (Reuters) - Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect and former general Ratko Mladic is in a prison hospital at The Hague, his court-appointed lawyer said on Thursday, and his health has deteriorated because of long years of neglect.

"Ratko Mladic is in the prison hospital...He has not had proper health care for years and his condition is not good," Belgrade lawyer Aleksandar Aleksic told Reuters in The Hague, where Mladic is to go on trial on war crimes charges.

The lawyer confirmed Mladic had lost the use of one hand due to a stroke suffered years ago but he said that Mladic was mentally capable and responsive.

(Writing by Douglas Hamilton, Editing by Michael Roddy)

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