THE HAGUE - Former Bosnian Serb military
commander Ratko Mladic called charges against him "obnoxious"
and "monstrous words" as he declined to enter a plea at the
Yugoslavia war crimes court on Friday.
Mladic was indicted over the 43-month siege of the Bosnian
and the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys
in the town of Srebrenica
, close to the border with Serbia
during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
Mladic, who has 30 days to enter a plea, said he needed
"more than a month" in court to study the charges against him,
but Judge Alphons Orie scheduled a new hearing for July 4 for
Mladic to enter a plea.
Making a basketball hand signal for "time out" (a pause),
Mladic asked to speak in private with his lawyer and Orie called
a 10-minute recess.