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Tribunal Judges Order Mladic Health Report

Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, who was arrested Thursday, May 26, 2011, in Serbia after years in hiding. Genocide suspect Ratko Mladic in due in a Belgrade court for a hearing which is a legal step toward his extradition to a U.N. war crimes tribunal. Europe's most wanted war crimes fugitive was arrested Thursday in a northern Serbian village after 16 years on the run. The hearing is set for noon (1000 GMT) Friday, May 27, 2011.

Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, who was arrested Thursday, May 26, 2011, in Serbia after years in hiding. Genocide suspect Ratko Mladic in due in a Belgrade court for a hearing which is a legal step toward his extradition to a U.N. war crimes tribunal. Europe's most wanted war crimes fugitive was arrested Thursday in a northern Serbian village after 16 years on the run. The hearing is set for noon (1000 GMT) Friday, May 27, 2011.  (AP2011)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal have ordered a full medical checkup of ailing genocide suspect Gen. Ratko Mladic after he said he was too ill to attend a hearing last week.

Judges say in a written order that a complete picture of the 69-year-old former Bosnian Serb military chief's health will help them "better assess whether and to what extent his health condition could affect the preparation of the upcoming trial."

The order published Wednesday comes amid a slew of health complaints from Mladic since he arrived at the U.N. court's detention unit in May following his arrest in Serbia after 16 years on the run.

Mladic has been suffering the effect of a kidney stone, had surgery for a hernia and been hospitalized with pneumonia.