Son: Mladic had 2 strokes, can barely speak

In this photo provided by the Politika Newspaper, Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, who was arrested Thursday, May 26, 2011, in Serbia after years in hiding, is shown.

BELGRADE, Serbia — Ratko Mladic’s son says the war-crimes suspect suffered two strokes while on the run, has a partially paralyzed right hand and can barely speak.

Darko Mladic told reporters Friday after visiting his father in jail that “We will ask that he be transferred to a hospital.”

Prosecutors say the defense is simply trying to delay Mladic’s extradition and he is healthy enough to stand trial.

A police photo of Mladic showed him looking hollow-cheeked and shrunken after a decade and a half on the run, a far cry from the beefy commander accused of personally orchestrating some of the worst horrors of the Balkan wars.

Mladic was due back in court for a second hearing on his extradition to to the U.N. tribunal in the Netherlands on war crimes charges.