Former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic made his first appearance at the UN Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal in The Hague on Friday.
During the short hearing, Mladic said the charges against him are ‘monstrous’ and ‘obnoxious’ and that he had only been defending his people and his country.
Mladic, 69, is charged with a number of atrocities during the Bosnian war, including organising the massacre of up to 8,000 men and boys in the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica.
The town was under the protection of Dutch UN troops at the time.
During the hearing, Mladic said he is ‘gravely ill’. He was arrested last week in Serbia and extradited to the Netherlands to stand trial on Tuesday.
A new hearing has been scheduled for 4 July.
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