During Serbia's 16-year manhunt for Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic, the former general would occasionally surface in public, whether driving a beat-up Yugo in Belgrade or celebrating birthdays in Bosnia. But here's a new one: Mladic might have spent three months in a major military hospital in Serbia's capital in 2009. The revelation, if true, would cast doubt on whether Serbian officials were really in the dark all these years about Mladic's whereabouts.
Mladic's lawyer, Milos Saljic, has approached the AP with a document he says proves that Mladic, who has his first hearing at the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague on Friday, battled lymph node cancer and underwent surgery and chemotherapy at a Serbian hospital from April 20, 2009 to July 18, 2009. Saljic (pictured above) showed the AP a photocopy of a doctor's diagnosis (pictured below) with the names of the hospital and doctors who allegedly treated Mladic blacked out. The AP speculates that the hospital in question may be Belgrade's main military hospital, since Mladic received treatment there in 2000 before he went underground and the document says the patient received a checkup in the same hospital nine years earlier.