Ratko Mladic makes first war crimes court appearance
Ratko Mladic is making his first appearance at The Hague war crimes tribunal, BBC reported.
Ex-Bosnian Serb army head Ratko Mladic is making his first appearance at The Hague war crimes tribunal.
He was arrested last week in Serbia after 16 years on the run from charges of having committed atrocities during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
His lawyer and his family say he is too ill to stand trial but doctors have so far declared him fit to be in court.
He is charged with masterminding the massacre of nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995.
In his first hearing before the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Gen Mladic will be asked if he understands the charges against him.
The tribunal indictment charges him with genocide, persecution, extermination, murder, deportation, inhumane acts, terror, deportation and hostage-taking for his alleged part in a plot to achieve the "elimination or permanent removal" of Muslims from large parts of Bosnia in pursuit of a "Greater Serbia".
As well as Srebrenica, Europe's worst atrocity since World War II, Gen Mladic is also charged over the 44-month siege of the capital Sarajevo from May 1992 in which 10,000 people died.