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Mladic faces trial on genocide charges

06-03-2011 18:36 BJT

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Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic has appeared at the United Nations war crimes tribunal at The Hague to answer charges of genocide in the Bosnia war. Mladic will face arraignment on an 11-count indictment. The most serious charges are for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8-thousand Muslim males and the 43-month siege of Sarajevo from 1992 to 1995, in which some 12 thousand were killed.

Mladic appeared in front of three judges - from the Netherlands, Germany and South Africa.

He claimed that he had not read the 37-page indictment document that has been handed to him, nor three binders of extra material that outlining his alleged crimes.

Ratko Mladic, Former Bosnian Serb General, said, "I am a gravely ill man. I heard what the young lady said. I need a bit more time to think about what she had read out. So please bear with me, be patient."

 

 

Former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic salutes in the court room during his initial appearance at the UN's Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, June 3, 2011. Ratko Mladic has refused to enter a plea to genocide and war crimes charges, denouncing the allegations against him as "obnoxious".(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The judge told Mladic that he is facing 11 counts of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and violations of the laws and customs of law.

However Mladic replied that he needed more than the standard 30 days to consider, what he said, are the obnoxious charges against him. He also added that the indictment was monstrous words.

Former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic drinks water in the court room during his initial appearance at the UN's Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, June 3, 2011. Ratko Mladic has refused to enter a plea to genocide and war crimes charges, denouncing the allegations against him as "obnoxious".(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

He gruffly told Presiding Judge Alphons Orie that he did not want "a single letter or sentence" of his indictment read in court.

He also did not want to enter the pleas.

It's Mladic's first public appearance since he went into hiding nearly 16 years ago, when he was indicted for war crimes by The Hague Court.

He was flown to the Netherlands on Tuesday, after Serbian judges denied his appeal on health grounds, and found him fit to stand trial.

The judge said that the hearing would resume on July 4th. And Mladic will remain in custody at the Hague until then.

Former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic appears at the UN's Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, June 3, 2011. Ratko Mladic has refused to enter a plea to genocide and war crimes charges, denouncing the allegations against him as "obnoxious". (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Wartime Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic has refused to enter a plea to genocide and war crimes charges, denouncing the allegations against him as "obnoxious". Ratko Mladic appeared at the UN's Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, June 3, 2011.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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