June 3 - Former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic calls charges against him ''monstrous'' as he faces the U.N. war crimes tribunal. Sunita Rappai reports.
The first look at former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic as he appears before the Yugoslavia war crimes court in the Hague. Mladic, who was captured after almost 16 years on the run, was indicted on charges of genocide during the Bosnian War. He told the court he was 'gravely ill'. SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) FORMER BOSNIAN SERB MILITARY COMMANDER, RATKO MLADIC, SAYING: "I am a gravely ill man. I heard what the young lady said. I need a bit more time to think about all the things that she read out. So please bear with me. Be patient." Judge Alphons Orie outlined the charges against Mladic. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ICTY JUDGE, ALPHONS ORIE, SAYING: " Count 1 - Genocide. The indictment alleges that between the 31st of March 1992 and the 31st of December 1992, Bosnian Serbs -- political and governmental organs and the Serb forces -- carried out a campaign of persecution against Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats But the alleged war criminal called the charges against him 'monstrous' and 'obnoxious'. SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) FORMER BOSNIAN SERB MILITARY COMMANDER, RATKO MLADIC, SAYING: "I would like to receive what you have read out just now -- the obnoxious charges levelled against me. I want to read this properly, to give it proper thought together with my lawyers because I need more than a month for these monstrous words, the ones that I have never heard before." Mladic now has 30 days to enter a plea. Sunita Rappai, Reuters