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Mladic lawyers call for Bosnian Serb general's release

  • In this Friday, June 3, 2011, image former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic removes his hat in the court room during his initial appearance at the U.N.'s Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. Lawyers for former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic say he is seriously ill and could die if he is not provisionally released from custody for treatment while he awaits verdicts in his United Nations trial. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)

    In this Friday, June 3, 2011, image former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic removes his hat in the court room during his initial appearance at the U.N.'s Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. Lawyers for former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic say he is seriously ill and could die if he is not provisionally released from custody for treatment while he awaits verdicts in his United Nations trial. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Friday, June 3, 2011, image former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic gestures in the court room during his initial appearance at the U.N.'s Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. Lawyers for former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic say he is seriously ill and could die if he is not provisionally released from custody for treatment while he awaits verdicts in his United Nations trial. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)

    In this Friday, June 3, 2011, image former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic gestures in the court room during his initial appearance at the U.N.'s Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. Lawyers for former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic say he is seriously ill and could die if he is not provisionally released from custody for treatment while he awaits verdicts in his United Nations trial. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Friday, June 3, 2011, image former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic salutes as he sits between security guards in the court room during his initial appearance at the U.N.'s Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. Lawyers for former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic say he is seriously ill and could die if he is not provisionally released from custody for treatment while he awaits verdicts in his United Nations trial. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)

    In this Friday, June 3, 2011, image former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic salutes as he sits between security guards in the court room during his initial appearance at the U.N.'s Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. Lawyers for former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic say he is seriously ill and could die if he is not provisionally released from custody for treatment while he awaits verdicts in his United Nations trial. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Lawyers for former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic say he is seriously ill and could die if he is not provisionally released from custody for treatment while he awaits verdicts in his United Nations trial.

In a written motion released Tuesday by the U.N.'s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Mladic's lawyers say that releasing him "is the only just, humane, and medically sound course of action that can ensure he will live to see the trial judgment."

Mladic's trial wrapped up in December and judges are considering their verdicts. He is charged with 11 counts including allegedly masterminding the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in eastern Bosnia's Srebrenica enclave and overseeing the deadly campaign of shelling and sniping in the capital, Sarajevo.