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Ex-Bosnian Serb army head Mladic removed from court

Other News Materials 4 July 2011 13:52
Ex-Bosnian Serb army head Ratko Mladic has been removed from a hearing at The Hague war crimes tribunal after quarrelling with the judge.
Ex-Bosnian Serb army head Mladic removed from court

Ex-Bosnian Serb army head Ratko Mladic has been removed from a hearing at The Hague war crimes tribunal after quarrelling with the judge, BBC reported.

Gen Mladic was ordered out after continually interrupting the proceedings.

Judge Alfons Orie refused a request by Mr Mladic's court-appointed lawyer to postpone entering a plea.

The court entered a plea of not guilty to genocide charges on Mr Mladic's behalf.

Mr Mladic attempted to speak several times at the beginning of the hearing, but the judge asked him to remain silent until he was allowed to speak.

He was reprimanded by Judge Orie for speaking out of turn and communicating with the public gallery.

Mr Mladic then refused to enter a plea after his request to change his lawyer to one of his choosing rather than a court-appointed one was denied.

It was Gen Mladic's second appearance before the court, after a hearing on 3 June when he declined to plead on what he called 11 "obnoxious" charges.

Mr Mladic is charged with crimes including genocide in connection with the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

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