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Inside the court with Ratko Mladic

The former Bosnian Serb army commander, Ratko Mladic, has refused to enter a plea on charges including genocide during the war in Bosnia in the 1990s.

In his first appearance before the war crimes court in The Hague, General Mladic said he needed more time to understand what he described as obnoxious charges against him.

The BBC's John Simpson, who was inside the court, last saw Mladic in 1994. He said the man in the dock appeared to be different to the military commander he interviewed in the nineties.

  • 03 Jun 2011
  • From the section Europe
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