Miodrag Stojanovic, one of the lawyers representing Ratko Mladic at his trial in The Hague, told BIRN that the former Bosnian Serb military commander had a colon operation on Monday and has now left hospital.
"He was discharged from the hospital yesterday [Wednesday] and returned to the [UN] detention unit [in the Netherlands]," said Stojanovic.
The UN court in The Hague postponed appeal hearings in the trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic, who is challenging his conviction for genocide and other crimes, because he needs to undergo surgery.
"He saw us. I saw him too. He raised his hand, he waved… They went off towards Potocari. I have never seen him again," she said.
Malagic has testified at four trials of Bosnian Serbs military and political officials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague - the cases against Radislav Krstic, Radovan Karadzic, Zdravko Tolimir and Ratko Mladic.
"I'm alive, I swear", Ratko Mladic told his son in a telephone conversation after he was interrupted by a visit of his lawyer in a detention unit, so that he could contact the family and deny false information.
Darko Mladic adds that his father reacted to the news with a joke, and that he was not particularly excited to hear it, or commented further on the fake news.