Mladic appears before the International Tribunal

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Ratko Mladic

Ratko Mladic, a former Bosnian Serb military commander, has dismissed the war crime charges against him as "obnoxious" and "monstrous."

Mladic refused to enter a plea, citing his failing health and need to consult with his lawyer, when he appeared before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague on Friday.

The former Bosnian Serb commander is being charged with genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity for his role in the violent military campaigns that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1992 to 1995.

Frederick Swinnen is the Special Adviser to the Prosecutor for the UN backed Tribunal.

"From now on he will clearly be in custody and like any inmate his freedom will be restricted. Of course he will have the opportunity to make contact with his lawyer, with his diplomatic representatives, if necessary, with his family. So the basic rights of all detained persons are respected and of course as an international tribunal- a UN tribunal- the highest standards of international justice have to be respected. "

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