Some 'trial' - the accusers appoint the defence council. Nuremburg 2011 - the verdict has already been decided.
Shame on the Serb government for sacrificing this bold Serbian hero to the wolves of the UN 'war crimes' court where only selected 'war criminals' face trial.
'Butcher of Bosnia' Mladic forcibly removed
from war crimes court after disrupting hearing
The ‘Butcher of Bosnia’, Ratko
Mladic, was escorted by guards from the war crimes court today after
disrupting the hearing by shouting and speaking out of turn.
The former Bosnian Serb
military chief was appearing at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal to
enter pleas to charges including genocide.
The 69-year-old is accused of masterminding the worst Serb atrocities of Bosnia's 1992-95 war. He is believed to be behind the murder of up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica.
Accused: Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic appeared at the UN's Yugoslav war crimes tribunal today to enter pleas to charges including genocide
Turned out: Mladic was escorted by guards out of court after disrupting the proceedings
A Belgrade lawyer for Mladic, Milos Saljic, had warned the former general would boycott the arraignment to demand the power to choose his own defense attorneys.
But at the start of today's hearing, Mladic appeared and immediately began speaking out of turn, prompting judge Alphons Orie to ask him to remain silent until he's called on to speak.
The judge warned Mladic several times not to interrupt him as the defendant argued he should be allowed to choose his own lawyers.
Shortly before guards escorted Mladic from court, he shouted at Orie: 'You want to impose my defense. What kind of a court are you?'
After a brief break, Orie resumed the hearing and began reading out the charges against Mladic.
If Mladic refuses to enter pleas to his 11-charge indictment, the judge will enter not guilty pleas on his behalf and planning for Mladic's trial can begin in earnest.
Mladic, 69, was the top commander of the Bosnian Serb army during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, which killed more than 100,000 and drove another 1.8million from their homes.
As well as the slaughter of Muslims at Srebrenica, Mladic is wanted for crimes committed during the 43-month siege of Sarajevo. Thousands of Muslims and Croats were killed, tortured or driven out in a campaign to purge the region of non-Serbs.
Mladic was arrested in May
after being in hiding since 1995. His capture ended a 16-year hunt for
the alleged architect of what have been dubbed 'scenes from hell.'
He had been living under a fake name Milorad Komadic and identity, getting casual building work in Zrenjanin in the north of the country in a development area funded by the European Union.
US and Serbian authorities had offered rewards of up to $19m (£11m) for information leading to Mladic's arrest.
In May, a judge in Belgrade ruled Mladic could be extradited to the Netherlands to stand on trial, despite pleas from his family that he was too unwell to leave his homeland.
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