Ratko Mladic, the former Serbian commander accused of genocide, has appeared for the first time before the U.N. war crimes tribunal in the Hague. It was a preliminary hearing, and Mladic declined to enter a plea.
"Former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic told a United Nations war crimes court Friday he is 'a gravely ill man' and refused to enter pleas to 'obnoxious charges' alleging he orchestrated the worst atrocities of a war that claimed 100,000 lives," The Associated Press reports from The Hague.
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