Mladic says he's ill, does not want to hear charges

June 3, 2011 11:41


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THE HAGUE - Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic told the Yugoslav war crimes court he was a gravely ill man and had not yet been able to read documents relating to the charges against him.

Extradited to the Netherlands from Serbia on Tuesday following his arrest last week, Mladic appeared in court looking aged, with the right side of his mouth drooping.

He appeared to slur his words slightly.

At Friday's hearing Mladic was expected to be asked to enter a plea and to have the charges read out to him, but he opposed this procedure.

"I do not want to have one word of that indictment read out to me," Mladic said, but listened as the judge read a summary.

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