NEW YORK (Jun 4, 2011) - Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect, refused to enter a plea today as he appeared before the United Nations tribunal.
Mladic, commander-in-chief of the Bosnian Serb forces during the Bosnian war, was arrested in Serbia on May 26, after spending 16 years on the run. He was taken to the UN detention center in the Hague, Netherlands, on Tuesday.
For his conduct in the 1990's Balkin War, Mladic is facing genocide, extermination, and murder charges. He also being charged with inflicting terror on civilians, including the massacre of up to 8,000 Muslim males in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a supposed “safe haven” in July 1995.
“The objective was the permanent removal of Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats from Bosnian Serb-claimed territory in Bosnia and Herzegovina through crimes charged in the indictment,” Judge Alphons Orie stated from the 37-page indictment.
Mladic said he wanted more time to consider the charges against him, saying that he would need more than a month, given what's in the indictment.
Mladic is being held in custody at the UN detention unit until his next scheduled appearance at the tribunal on July 4.