Mladic refuses to plea before UN court

4th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic on Monday refused to enter a plea before a UN war crimes court, before the judge ordered his removal from the courtroom over constant interruptions.

"The court warns you that you would be removed from the courtroom. Security, please escort Mr Mladic from the courtroom," Judge Alphons Orie said before ajourning the hearing.

An angry Mladic, 69, got more animated as the hearing continued, telling the judges they were not "allowing me to breathe", before judge Orie's patience finally ran out after being constantly interrupted and Mladic making comments to the public gallery.

"Mr Orie, you can do what you wantever you want, without (my lawyers), there's no need for me to receive anything or say anything, you can do whatever you want," an angry Mladic told the court.

Mladic is being represented by a court-appointed lawyer, Alexandar Aleksic.

The hearing resumed a few minutes later without Mladic, where pleas of "not guilty" were entered on his behalf.

© 2011 AFP

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