Mladic appears before UN war crimes court

4th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic appeared before a UN war crimes court on Monday where he was expected to plead genocide and war crimes charges in connection with is role in the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Mladic's court-appointed lawyer Alexandar Aleksic asked the court to postpone the hearing because he had not been informed by his client that he would be present.

The lawyer on Sunday said his client told prison authorities he intended to boycott the hearing as his defence team had not been approved.

Mladic, 69, is being asked to plead to 11 counts related to his role in the bloody 1992-95 Bosnian war in which 100,000 people died.

The former military leader was arrested in Serbia in May and transferred to a UN detention unit in The Hague after 16 years on the run. His trial is not expected to start for months.

© 2011 AFP

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