Mladic appears before war crimes tribunal

2011-06-03 09:10

The Hague – Former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic appeared today for the first time before the International International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague, Netherlands.

Mladic, dressed in a suit and tie, was seen initially wearing a baseball cap. He later took it off, revealing a bald head.

Yesterday, his lawyer in Belgrade claimed he had received chemotherapy for a cancer of the lymph nodes in 2009.

The former general’s voice was trembling slightly but he answered all the questions put to him by ICTY presiding judge Alphons Orie.

He challenged the court’s assertion that he was born on March 12, 1942. “That his not my date of birth,” he said, claiming he was born on “Good Monday, 1943”.

“Then we will further verify that,” Orie said.

Mladic (69) is accused of genocide for the massacre of 8 000 men and boys in Srebrenica and other atrocities committed during the 1992-1995 Bosnian civil war, as well as of war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

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