Friday, June 3, 2011

Mladic Makes His First Hague Court Appearance; Says He Was Only Defending His People, Country

Former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic made his first appearance at the UN Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal in The Hague, the Netherlands today (June 3, 2011), the Dutch News website reports.

During the brief hearing, Mladic said the charges against him are "monstrous" and "obnoxious," and that he had only been defending his people and his country.

Mladic, 69, is charged with a number of atrocities during the 1992-95 Bosnian War -- including organizing the massacre of up to 8,000 men and boys in the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica.

At today's hearing, Mladic said he is "gravely ill." He was arrested last week in Serbia and extradited to the Netherlands to stand trial.

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