The wife of Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic says she doubts that he is still alive.
Bosiljka Mladic is on trial herself in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, for illegal possession of weapons found in her home in a 2008 police search.
She told the court Tuesday that if her husband were still alive, he would have found a way to contact the family. She also said he had suffered three strokes.
The former Bosnian Serb army chief has been on the run since 1995, when the United Nations war crimes tribunal indicted him on genocide charges for the Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim males. He is also wanted for other atrocities committed during the Bosnian conflict of the 1990s.
U.N. prosecutors believe Mladic is hiding in Serbia under the protection of his supporters, and Serbian authorities have said they are doing everything possible to find him. But Mladic's family insists that he is no longer living and has been trying to get him officially declared dead.
The European Union has made Mladic's arrest a key condition for Serbian membership in the EU.